William Henry Davis A poet and an autobiographer. Born in 1871 in Monmouthshire, Wales. His poems were written based on his experience as a tramp and the many different characters he encountered along the way. His first poems were published when he was 34 years old. His poems highlight about natures beauty based on his observations about hardships in life. Wrote two novels and autobiographical works. His best known novel is Autobiography of a Super- Tramp. He died in 1940.
Your leisure time? Did you have a good holiday? or Did you enjoy your holidays? What did you do during the last school holidays? What do you like to do if you have free time? Why do you like to do such activity during your free time?
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The Poem: Leisureby William Henry Davis What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like stars at night. No time to turn at Beautys glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this is if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.
After reciting the poem, let discuss somenew/unfamiliar words from the poemsuch as: 1. beneath - c a. daytime 2. boughs - d b. until 3. daylight - a c. under 4. glance - f d. tree branches 5. stare - g e. improve 6. enrich - e f. look quickly 7. till - b g. look long and hard
State the elements of nature from thepoem. 1. 1. boughs 2. 2. sheep 3. 3. cows 4. 4. woods 5. 5. squirrels 6. 6. nuts 7. 7. grass 8. 8. daylight 9. 9. stars 10. 10. night
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The lessons are: Take time to relax even though we are too busy. Appreciate the wonderful nature. Be grateful to God, the creator of the beautiful nature. God is Almighty because His creations are the greatest.
Complete the crossword puzzle with the clues given below. 1. B 2. G 3. S 4. C5. C 6. S 7. S 8. D 10. S 11. L 12. N 13. A 14. H
Across Down1. large branches of trees 1. good looks5. able to 2. wild plant that covers6. a pleasant expression on the ground in fields the face 3. animals with a bushy10. take a long look tail11. to have length 4. good feelings for12. a type of grain 7. to be on one‟s own13. a preposition meaning feet „with‟ 8. to move to music14. a possessive adjective for a girl
Answers:ACROSS DOWN1. BOUGHS 1. BEAUTY2. CAN 2. GRASS6. SMILE10. STARE 3. QUIRRELS11. LONG 4. CARE12. NUTS 7. STAND13. AND 8.DANCE14. HER
Structure The poem is written in couplets of twolines and there are seven couplets orstanza. It has a rhyme scheme, that is, thelast word in each line of each stanzarhymes, for example “care”/ “stare” and“glance”/”dance”.
Theme The theme is about the price ofworking too hard and being burdened witha lot of worries. The poem is also about thebenefits of relaxing and appreciatingnature.
Setting The poem is set in the day time andrelates to nature.
Point of View The poem is written in the first personplural. The poet includes himself with thepeople around him.
Tone and Mood The tone of the poem is gentle andencouraging. It suggests a relaxing andpositive attitude towards life. The mood ofthe poem expresses concern about thepresent condition, the way the poem iswritten puts the reader in a calm mood andencourages him or her to appreciate thebenefits of relaxing.
Moral Values We should learn to relax andappreciate life. If we don‟t relax more, wewill have stress-filled lives. Appreciation ofnature is important.