Life lessons : Take Time to smell the roses
Like John Keats, particularly William Wordsworth, the two celebrated romantic poets, William Henry Davies, who belongs to the school of literary...
Like John Keats, particularly William Wordsworth, the two celebrated romantic poets, William Henry Davies, who belongs to the school of literary individualism, tried to give the charm of novelty to things of everyday life by directing the mind to the loveliness and the wonders of the world before us. All his life, Davies was poor and lived in an atmosphere of plain living and high thinking. His genuine experiences, his intimate prolonged contact with the misery of life and the intoxication of the open road to the unknown, impart an accent of penetrating truth to his delicate naturalism.
The poet in his poem "Leisure" criticises the busy life of modern man who does not have time to enjoy the beauties of nature. In a manner of speaking, leisure forms the core of human life. Man's life is full of care and anxiety. He has little time to stand and stare at the joys of nature. We can hardly spare time to stand beneath the green boughs and admire the nature's infinite variety at least as the cows and sheep do. We pass through the enchanting woods so mechanically that we fail to appreciate the beauty of the squirrel storing nuts in the grass. "No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass"
The streams in broad daylight, due to the sun's rays, sparkle like stars in the sky from all angles. Even this dazzling sight fails to catch our attention in our sick hurry. The poet possesses, in full measure, without effort that fresh simplicity after which "others will strive in vain, and his imaginative lyricism glorifies vulgar things without tender glamour."
In our materialistic pursuits, we fail to enjoy the graceful and inspiring beauty of nature, her dancing feet and bewitching smile. Davies gives his readers the little animals, the greenery, the wind and the trees and the river, just as they are to enjoy that magnificent sight as a sure cure for the ills of modern life. Man should make himself free from envy and avarice, pride and prejudice and speed of life just to associate himself closely with nature----that is through leisure!