What is Life Poem has been written by John Clare long ago.

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Reference to the context

These lines have been taken from the poem, “What is Life?”  Written by John Clare Clare. In this poem the poet asks series of questions and about realities of life then answer these questions by himself.

Explanation

In these lines the poet first asks the question ‘what is life’ and then answer s it as the movement of the needles of a clock. Which are running without any stop? Or it is a mist which disappears as the morning sun spreads its light. Life is busy and everybody is involved in some kind of activities. But it is just like a dream which is repeated every day. Then the poet asks about its length and says that it is very short and passes away just like a moment. The poet further asks about happiness. It seems to like a bubble on the water, when someone wants to catch it turns into nothing.

Paraphrase

What is life? It is a movement of a clock. It is like the mist which cannot bear the heat of the morning sun. it is busy, active and repeated dream. Its length is pause of a minute and a thought of a moment. What is happiness? It is just like a bubble which reduces to nothing in a moment.

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Reference to the context

These lines have been taken from the poem, “What is Life?”  Written by John Clare Clare. In this poem the poet asks series of questions and about realities of life then answer these questions by himself.

Explanation

In these lines the poet asks about hope. He replies that it is like a sudden blow of cold morning wind. Which destroy the green and dewily lawn; it snatches gems of dew from the flowers and then dies. Then the poet compares the hope with the cobweb in which spider hides himself. It is carrying a string full of disappointment. It deceives its victim and strings very severely.

Paraphrase

Hope is like a silent blow of wind in the morning. It robs the dewily lawn with its attraction. It takes gems of dew from all the flowers and leaves them very quickly. It is like a spider’s web, which hides its thorn. It strings severely through the fragile veil.

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Reference to the context

These lines have been taken from the poem, “What is Life?”  Written by John Clare Clare. In this poem the poet asks series of questions and about realities of life then answer these questions by himself.

Explanation

In these lines the poet asks about death? He defines death that the cause of which is still unknown. It is the name of unpleasant sound which creates mystery in the mind every person. It is a kind of long and delayed sleep which is desired by all unwillingly. Then he asks about peace. He says where we can find peace in abundance in this world. Then he replies there is no such a place where we can find it. It may be found only in heaven or in grave.

Paraphrase

What is death? Still its cause is unknown. It is the name of a horrible sound and a dark mystery. It is a long and delayed sleep which is desired unwillingly. What is peace? Where can it provide happiness in abundance? It cannot be found anywhere in the world. But we can find it in heaven and grave.

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Reference to the context

These lines have been taken from the poem, “What is Life?”  Written by John Clare Clare. In this poem the poet asks series of questions and about realities of life then answer these questions by himself.

Explanation

In these lines the poet again asks about life and in reply he says that life is the name of that concealed thing if it is exposed then you will be surprised to see that it is not the thing which is to be desired. Because everything we see in our life will give proof of its excessive pride.

Paraphrase

What is life? When it is exposed, it is not that thing which is to be desired again. Everything seen by our eyes gives proof of its successive pride.

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Reference to the context

These lines have been taken from the poem, “What is Life?”  Written by John Clare Clare. In this poem the poet asks series of questions and about realities of life then answer these questions by himself.

Explanation

In these lines the poet says that life is an examination and all individuals are bound to appear in this examination. It teaches the unthankful human being the worth and rewards of that happiness which results into nothing. Then the time comes and man is called in the skies to get it.

Paraphrase

Life is a test and all must pass through it. It is to teach human beings who are unthankful the worth of happiness. But man is not ready to know until he is asked to come the skies to get it.