Monday, December 31, 2012

These are the pictures of nature around us.

Through "Leisure", William Henry Davies brings us to be aware of the nature that surround us. I, personally have taken some steps to make my children aware of nature. It is the duty of every being on earth to take care of nature. People who harm nature are selfish people. We should not take nature for granted!
Holiday trip to Maxwell Hill or Bukit Larut is one memorable trip for them. Here are some pictures of nature that I had photographed myself.

"Leisure"....What is William Henry Davies trying to tell us?

by William Henry Davies.

In this poem, the poet asks us to look at our busy lives which leave us with no time for leisure.

The poem ‘Leisure’ has 7 rhyming couplets.

Couplet 1:

The poet questions the purpose of a life which is so full of worry. We are kept busy all the time. We cannot even stand still and watch the world go by.

Couplet 2:

Sheep and cows can often be seen standing still in vast open fields and staring into a distance. However, busy people do not have the time to stand under the branches of trees and enjoy watching the nature.

Couplet 3:

When busy people pass a forest (woods), they would be in too much of a hurry to notice the beauty of nature around them. They would not be able to notice the squirrels hiding the nuts in the grass.

Couplet 4:

If you look at the streams during daylight, streams appear to be sparkling under the effect of sunshine. It looks as if the streams are full of stars like the night sky. However, busy people  would not notice such beauty.

Couplets 5 and 6:

The poet states that the rush of life provides people with no leisure to turn at the glance of a beautiful maiden and marvel at her dancing feet. They are unable to leisurely observe her as her mouth shapes out a smile that started from her eyes. 

Another interpretation: The dancing feet and enchanting smile refers to various aspects of the beauty around us.

Couplet 7:

The life which is so full of worries is indeed a miserable life.

By William Henry Davies

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 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 is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare
This is a beautiful poem. I hope the form 3 students enjoy reading it.