Leisure Poem Critical Summary

  • Q1:-What are some of the simple delights we miss in out rushed life?
  • Leisure Poem Central idea: (Critical appreciation): Moral: Summary:

The central idea of the poem is modern man’s forgetfulness of the aesthetic aspect of life. In this poem,” Leisure’the poet tells us We must forget the worries and dares of the life, at least for some time, and relish the beauty and charms of natural objects. We can derive pleasure from ordinary objects like trees, plants, streams and stars. We can experience the ecstasy of the highest degree if we spare time to dance with beauty and drink from her eyes. The poet has created a magical effect by personifying beauty. Those who have time to turn at beauty’s glance enjoy the richness and variety of life. We miss the delights of gazing at green boughs, shining stars at night, flowing streams in the daylight and watching squirrels hiding nuts in the grass. The poet has very successfully taught us a moral lesson. The language is affecting, rhythmic and lyrical. The poem is simple but thought provoking .Above discussion suggests Critical Summary of Leisure Poem.

 We will explain the critical summary of poem Leisure by William Davies .There are many simple delights, which we miss in our rushed life. W.Davies has very beautifully explained out these simple delights in the poem “Leisure”. the explanation of the poem is very much deep and thought provoking

          First of all the poet has thrown light on the following simple delights which are missed because of a life of hurry and worry. The poet says that we do not enjoy the beauty and charm of the green trees. In that manner even animals are better than human being as the poet says in the

                          “No time to stand beneath the boughs

                            And stare as long as sheep or cows”

The poet further points out simple delights of natural beauty. According to him, we miss the beautiful scenes of the squirrels running here and there hiding their nuts in the deep grass. The poet laments in the following lines of the poem:

                             “No time to see when woods we pass

                             Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass”

The poet further points out and describes the most beautiful scenes which we miss because of a hurried life. In day time, when the sun shines and throws its rays on to the surface of water the rays scatter around and the place looks like the night full of stars. As we read in the following lines:

CONCORD HYMN CRITICAL ANALYSIS

                             “No time to see, in broad daylight

                             Streams full of stars like skies at night”

Even we miss the dance of beauty and its smile because of a rushed life. Our scenes have become dull. We are busy in our worldly affairs. We have forgotten the meanings of leisure.Leisure is of supreme importance because it keeps us healthy in body and mind. But we are unfortunately busy in making money or adding to our material goods. Simple delights which nature and life have to offer escape our notice. The above are the simple delights, which we miss because of lack of time.No one can can be denied that W.Davies has very beautifully explained the poem “Leisure”.

The poet has used a personification: can you point out?

Ans:-Yes, it is true that the poet has used personification in the poem “LEISURE”. I would like to point it out but first of all I think it fit to define personification to make it easy to understand personification clearly. Personification is actually the provision of human qualities to non- living things. The poet has used I in the 9th and 12th lines of the poem which name is Leisure.Here is the example of original lines in which personification has been beautifully used. The poet says:

                             “No time to turn at beauty’s glance,

                             And watch her feet, How they can dance

                             No time to wait till her mouth can

                             Enrich that smile her eyes began”

In the above given lines “Beauty” is abstract idea. But the poet has given the human qualities of feet, dance, glance and smile beauty. So , at the end of the poem “Leisure Critical Summary” is clear cut proof modern’s man hollowness

W. H. DAVIES

Leisure

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 and 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 skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s 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 if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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