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What Is Life? Analysis



Author: poem of John Clare Type: poem Views: 13

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And what is Life? An hour-glass on the run,

A mist retreating from the morning sun,

A busy, bustling, still-repeated dream.

Its length? A minute's pause, a moment's thought.

And Happiness? A bubble on the stream,

That in the act of seizing shrinks to nought.



And what is Hope? The puffing gale of morn,

That of its charms divests the dewy lawn,

And robs each flow'ret of its gem—and dies;

A cobweb, hiding disappointment's thorn,

Which stings more keenly through the thin disguise.



And what is Death? Is still the cause unfound?

That dark mysterious name of horrid sound?

A long and lingering sleep the weary crave.

And Peace? Where can its happiness abound?

Nowhere at all, save heaven and the grave.



Then what is Life? When stripped of its disguise,

A thing to be desired it cannot be;

Since everything that meets our foolish eyes

Gives proof sufficient of its vanity.

'Tis but a trial all must undergo,

To teach unthankful mortals how to prize

That happiness vain man's denied to know,

Until he's called to claim it in the skies.






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| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest


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AFJ. I really liked Addie's poems - aonnye else have any poems or lyrics or stuff that they think would work in a Faerie Path context?I was also interested in her comment about choosing 30 year old actors for 18 year old viewers. It made me wonder something: this is not a new topic, I'd just be interested in your opinions - what age group do you think The Faerie Path is aimed at? With the people who contact me on MySpace I can usually find out their ages - so I do have some stats about the age-range of people reading these books - but I'd be interested in what you guys think before I post them. x x

| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest


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I long for you edric, llets run away together and he taltoly rejects her. oh yeah and in the won't go home without you video by maroon 5 edric should like taltoly change his mind and then he comes back he sees her with connor. oh and when tania rejects edric's proposal they should play put a ring on it by beyonce. And at the battle in book 3 they should play never say never by the fray and somewhere in one of the movies they should play hot and cold cuz really thay all act kinda bipolar not like the actual disease but moodswings and all. and in book one when tania comes back for edric in the dungeon they should play bleeding love and when oberon is kicked off the thrown they canplay viva la vida and it would be funny if somehow they played damaged by danity kane cuz edric damager her heart and connor can fix it like in the lyrics yah

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest


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What is life? is a poem by John Clare in the 19th century which consists of one sestet, one octave, and two quintets. Its a very melodious and rhythmical poem in which the Clare asks a series of provocative questions. Throughout the poem, Clare uses strong imagery and metaphors to help create a somber and bleak mood, which in turn saddens the whole poem. Clare also uses strong imagery and figurative language to reflect his dejection and despair towards life.
The first stanza starts with a very profound question What is life? to give an idea of what the stanza is about. Its closely followed by a series of metaphor that gives the reader the first clue to towards the theme of the poem. It says An hour-glass on the run. An hourglass gives you a very restrictive image and just as the grains of sand are constantly falling, in the same way life is passing without a stop. On the run further emphasizes the speed at which life is passing away. The second line A mist retreating from the morning sun emphasizes on the fragility of life by comparing it to mist that dissipates within minutes. He goes on to say: Its length? A minute\'s pause, a moment\'s thought. The ephemeral nature of life is suggested by the juxtaposition of life and a short interval of thought. He then asks his second question: What is happiness and answers it with A bubble on the stream that in the act of seizing shrinks to naught. Its another important metaphor that shows the authors tone towards the subject of happiness. A bubble pops into nothingness when one tries to capture it, and same goes with happiness as suggested by Clare.
The second stanza states the authors opinion towards hope. He compares hope with the puffing gale of morn, which sweeps away the anticipation like it does to the flowers & a cobweb that disguises the disappointment that lies deep within. The theme of the first two stanzas is that life is abrupt and full of misfortune, and that hope is but an illusion.
The third stanza creates an even more solemn mood with the use of cacophony and diction. This stanza includes many metaphors for death. For instance, A long and lingering sleep the weary crave. Note that the weariness referred here is not physical but has a spiritual connotation to it. The next two lines are fairly literal: Peace can be found nowhere at all, save heaven and the grave. Heaven and the grave also symbolize death. The theme here is that you can only find tranquility & salvation in death.
The tone of the last two paragraphs changes dramatically. Instead of complaining about life, it is prizing it. The forth stanza begins with the repetition What is life as a way of reconnecting to the first paragraph and making the readers to rethink about the topic, though changing the tone drastically. The last few lines are literally language and are direct, so they stand out in a poem filled with metaphors and symbolism. Life is being compared to a trial that all must undergo, to teach us, the unthankful mortals how to prize the happiness associated with being able to live. The theme of the poem consequently, is also resolved in the last stanza: that although life is inevitable and full of misery, we oftentimes neglect the fact that the pleasure of life is not result oriented. Yet no one understands the value of life until it is taken away.

| Posted on 2012-10-01 | by a guest


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What is life? is a poem by John Clare in the 19th century which consists of one sestet, one octave, and two quintets. Its a very melodious and rhythmical poem in which the Clare asks a series of provocative questions. Throughout the poem, Clare uses strong imagery and metaphors to help create a somber and bleak mood. Clare also uses figurative language to reflect his dejection and despair towards life. The theme of the poem builds up over time & is not revealed until the last stanza.
The first stanza starts with a very profound question What is life? Its closely followed by a series of metaphor that gives the reader the first clue to towards the theme of the poem. It says An hour-glass on the run. An hourglass gives you a very restrictive image and just as the grains of sand are constantly falling, in the same way life is passing without a stop. On the run further emphasizes the speed at which life is passing away. The second line A mist retreating from the morning sun emphasizes on the fragility of life by comparing it to mist that dissipates within minutes. He goes on to say: Its length? A minute\'s pause, a moment\'s thought. The ephemeral nature of life is suggested by the juxtaposition of life and a short interval of thought. He then asks his second question: What is happiness and answers it with A bubble on the stream that in the act of seizing shrinks to naught. Its another important metaphor that shows the authors tone towards the subject of happiness. A bubble pops into nothingness when one tries to capture it, and same goes with happiness as suggested by Clare.
The second stanza states the authors opinion towards hope. He compares hope with the puffing gale of morn, which sweeps away the anticipation like it does to the flowers & a cobweb that disguises the disappointment that lies deep within. The theme of the first two stanzas is that life is abrupt and full of misfortune, and that hope is but an illusion.
The third stanza creates an yet more solemn mood with the use of cacophony and diction. This stanza includes many metaphors for death. For instance, A long and lingering sleep the weary crave. Note that the weariness referred here is not physical but has a spiritual connotation to it. We can in fer from it that Clare is weary of life. Heaven and the grave also symbolize death. By stating that Peace can be found only in heaven & grave, Clare is suggesting that you can only find tranquility & salvation in death. As you can see, the theme gets increasingly negative over the stanzas.
The tone of the last stanza changes dramatically. Instead of wining about life, it is prizing it. The forth stanza begins with the repetition What is life as a way of restating the theme. The last few lines are literal language, so they stand out in a poem filled with metaphors and symbolism. Life is a trial that all must undergo, to teach us, the unthankful mortals how to prize the happiness associated with being able to live. The first 3 stanzas are but precursors to the main theme, which is resolved in the last stanza: that although life is inevitable and full of misery, we oftentimes neglect the fact that the pleasure of life is not result oriented. Yet no one understands the value of life until it is taken away.

| Posted on 2012-09-25 | by a guest


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I wants the explation of stanza 4 and 5 of poem what is life by john clare clare

| Posted on 2012-09-14 | by a guest


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Poem 2: What is life?
Poet: John Clare Clare
Stanza 1:
And what is life?An hour glass on the run,
A mist retreating from the morning sun
A busy bustling ,still –repeated dream.
Its length ? A minute’s pause, a movement thought
And happiness ? A bubble on the stream ,
That in act of seizing shrink to nought
Paraphrase: -
What is life? It is a device for keeping time .It is a droplet of water that cannot
Face the morning heat of the sun. What is its length? It stays only for one
minute, it is a thought for short time. What is happiness? It is a bubble that wants
to be sizeable but reduces into nothing.
Reference to the context: -
These lines have been taken from the poem, “ What is Life?” composed by John Clare Clare. This is a very musical and rhythmical poem in which the poet asks some questions regarding the reality of life and then tries to answer the questions in the best possible way. The mood of the poem reflects dejection and despair.
Explanation:-
In this stanza the poet describes the reality of life and happiness. he has compared life with the sand clock which represents the passing time. Sand clock is a glass container holding sand that takes exactly one hour to pass through a small opening from top to bottom. Just as the grains of sand are constantly falling, in the same way life is passing without a stop. Or life is like that haze or cloud which withdraws from the rays of the morning sun. or we can say that life is like a dream, which we see, which stirs our mind and is frequently repeated. Or life is like a short interval or just like the thought of a moment. So life is like a short time reality and like a dream. The poet says that happiness in human life is like a bubble that is formed on the surface of a stream on a rainy day. When we try to capture the bubble it perishes instantly.

Stanza 2:-
And what is Hope? The Puffing gale of morn
That of its charms divests the dewy lawn,
And robs each floweret of its gem --- and dies;
A cobweb, hiding desappointment’s thorn
Which stings more keenly through the thin disquise,
Paraphrase :-
Hope is like a short and forceful morning wind. It strips the misty lawn with its attraction. It makes each little flower to rob with bud but leaves very soon. It is a cobweb, which hides its troubling thorn. It stings others extremely severely in keeping them in a little deceit.
Reference to the context: -
These lines have been taken from the poem, “ What is Life?” composed by John Clare Clare. This is a very musical and rhythmical poem in which the poet asks some questions regarding the reality of life and other aspects of life like hope and then tries to answer the questions in the best possible way. The mood of the poem reflects dejection and despair.
Explanation: -
In this stanza the poet is trying to explain the reality of Hope and its impression in the human life. He says that hope is like the blowing of a strong wind in the morning, which robs the beauty of the green lawn covered with dewdrops. The strong wind deprives the flowers of their pearls and jewels. It is obvious that the strong wind takes away the dewdrops and destroys the beauty of the lawn. It upsets the charming set-up of the flowers. Some plants are uprooted and some lie down on the ground. The flower-beds seem to be trampled under the feet of some giant. Then the poet compares hope to a thorn hidden in the cobweb. It stings an man through that hidden thorn. Actually hope is illusion. Many a time it happens that we seem to be nearing success but at the eleventh hour we face extreme disappointment.
Stanza 3:-
And what is Death? Is still the cause unfound?
That dark mysterious name of horrid sound
A long and lingering sleep the weary crave.
And Peace? Where can its happiness abound?
Nowhere at all, save heaven and the grave.
Paraphrase: -
What is death? Whether its cause is known or not? It is the name of a nasty sound, which is dark mystery. It is long and delayed sleep, which is desired tirelessly. What is Peace? Where can it provide happiness in abundance? It cannot be found anywhere but everyone wants to save heaven and grave.
Reference to the context: -
These lines have been taken from the poem, “ What is Life?” composed by John Clare Clare. This is a very musical and rhythmical poem in which the poet asks some questions regarding the reality of life and other aspects of life like death and peace, and then tries to answer the questions in the best possible way. The mood of the poem reflects dejection and despair.
Explanation:-
In this stanza the poet has raised two questions what is death? And what is peace? He has tried to explain them with the help of metaphor. He says that the cause of death has not yet been discovered. We see men, women, children, animals and plants embracing death. Form time immemorial mand been pondering over the cause of death, but all in vain. Thenhe says that death is the name of something which cannot he explained. It is an unpleasant sound. According to the poet, death can be compared to a long delayed sleep. It is man’s desire to take rest. When man gets fed up with his life describe peace. He wants to know if there is an abundance of happiness of peace anywhere in the world. Then he himself gives its reply in negative. The hope that there might be peace in heaven or in the grave gives us strength.
Stanza 4:-
Then what is Life? When stripped of its disguise,
A thing to desired it cannot be:
Since everything that meets our foolish eyes
Gives proof sufficient of its vanity.
Paraphrase:-
What is life? When its upper layer is removed. It is not that thing which is to be desired. Though everything seen by our eyes gives ample proof of its excessive pride.
Reference to the context: -
These lines have been taken from the poem, “ What is Life?” composed by John Clare Clare. This is a very musical and rhythmical poem in which the poet asks some questions regarding the reality of life and then tries to answer the questions in the best possible way. The mood of the poem reflects dejection and despair.
Explanation:-


Stanza 5:-
‘Tis but a trail all must undergo,
To teach unthankful mortals how to prize
That happiness vain man’s denied to know,
Until he’s called to claim it in the skies.
Paraphrase:-
No, one can avoid this test of life. It is like to teach mortal-beings who are unthankful to weigh that delight which is not result oriented. But man is not ready to know until he is asked to come to heaven and claim it.

| Posted on 2010-09-26 | by a guest




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