1. LEISURE

Q.1.     What are the simple delights we miss in our rushed life?

The poem Leisure is a marvelous example of the rushed life of the modern man. The poet says that life with no time to enjoy the fascinations of natural and human beauty is a poor life. If we consider what simple delights we miss in our rushed life, there may be many. First of all, we have no time to stand under the branches of green trees to enjoy the beautiful and restful shades of the trees. Secondly, we cannot look at the common animals like sheep and cows grazing in the pastures. Thirdly, when we pass through some forest, we do not have time to look at the small animals like squirrels concealing their food grain in the grass for the winter. Fourthly, we cannot see and enjoy the beauty that is hidden in the streams. During day time, the rays of the sun fall upon the clear water of the brooks and their reflection shines like stars in the sky during the night. Fifthly we miss relishing the dance of that girl whose smile begins from her eyes and conquers the whole of her face. These are the simple delights we miss in our rushed life due to lack of time. We should have some spare time out of our rushed life to enjoy the beautiful objects of nature.220

Q.2.     How would you define a personification?

Or       The poet has used personification. Can you point it out?

When we ascribe some human qualities to a lifeless thing. We can say that we have personified it. In the poem the poet has also used a personification. The personification is of beauty to which the poet has given also some human qualities and these are dancing and smiling He has given beauty the shape of beautiful woman who is not only dancing but also smiling. The poet says that we don’t have time to enjoy even the Beauty. As he has personified Beauty, this beauty may be of many shapes. It also may be the beauty of objects. It also may be the beauty of some birds and animals. It also may be the beauty of innocence of children. The poet says whatever the shape of Beauty is the fact is that we don’t have time to watch this beauty. In this poem, the poet has personified Beauty in the form of a beautiful woman just to tell us that it is the most attractive form of Beauty. If we ignore this form how it is possible to look at the other less attractive forms of Beauty.

Context:

The poem Leisure is a marvelous example of the rushed life of the modern man. The poet says that life with no time to enjoy the fascinations of natural and human beauty is a poor life.

These are the simple delights we miss in our rushed life due to lack of time. We should have some spare time out of our rushed life to enjoy the beautiful objects of nature.

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