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Poem "Leisure" By W.H Davies. Summary and an Important Message

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Mar is a child educator and an English lit graduate who enjoys reading and writing poems, articles, and short stories on various topics.



The advancement of civilization to modernity has a number of negative consequences for human life. It has robbed modern people of their simplicity. According to the poet, all that a human requires nowadays is love and happiness. One does not have the time to relax and enjoy the natural environment. Davies emphasizes the significance of nature and how it contributes in the preservation of one's psyche in this poem.


The poem 'Leisure' is made up of 7 couplets. It indicates that this poem has a total of 14 lines. The poet follows a predictable rhyming system. The poem's rhyme system is AA BB rhyming scheme.


"Leisure," a poem by Davies, explores a variety of themes, including modernism, simplicity, spirituality, nature, and, very especially, relaxation. As previously said, the poem's most crucial theme is leisure. The poet emphasizes the significance of relaxation in one's life throughout this whole piece. After that, another major element of the poem, modernism, is implicitly included in the body.

Summary of the Poem Below;


Line one to four (1-4)

What is the this life if, full of care

We have no time to stand and stare

No time to stand beneath the bough

And stare as long as sheep and cows


In this poem, Davies writes about living a life "full of caring." Before proceeding on to the next sentence, one must first comprehend the meaning of this phrase. The poet uses this phrase to describe a person whose life revolves mostly around physical needs. As a result, they don't have enough time to focus on their thoughts. They are so busy, according to the poet, that they don't even have time to "stand" and "stare" at the basic things of nature. The poet goes on to remark that in today's world, people don't have time to stop under the wreaths and stare as much as sheep or cows.

Line five to eight (5-8)

No time to see, when woods we pass,

where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

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No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night


In these couplets, Davies discusses what modern individuals ignore, leading to a shortage of time in their hectic lifestyles. It's also possible that they are unconcerned about such matters. The poet, on the other hand, is concerned. People have no time to see the forests when we travel through them, as he says in the first couplet of this section. People have no idea where squirrels bury their nuts in the grass. The poet then compares the streams that glimmer in the sunlight to stars in the "night skies." This section examines how people have become estranged from nature. Those things can be seen simply by taking a leisurely stroll in the forests or staring at the waterways in the daylight.

Line nine to fourteen (9-14)

No time to turn at beauty's glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance

No time wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare


Furthermore, the poet claims that people have had no time to turn to a lovely girl and watch her gracefully move her legs while she dances. Furthermore, one does not wait for her mouth to complete the smile that her eyes began. The poet introduces an intriguing concept here. When someone is about to grin, her eyes initially reveal her pleasure. Then one may notice how she expresses her mood through her face. In the final couplet, the poet states that a woman who doesn't have time to stand and enjoy those things has a "poor life," a figurative reference to psychological deprivation. The last two lines serve as a refrain.


W.H. Davies (William Henry Davies) tells us about our hurried lives in his poem "Leisure." We don't have time to appreciate the beauty of the world around us. We are unable to take a few seconds to stand under the shade of green trees and appreciate the beauty of nature. Farm animals, for example, are better at enjoying life than we are. This poem is a mirror to the realty of our lives.

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