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