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1st summary The Rain (W. H. Davies):
The rain is a beautiful poem written by W. H. Davies, who is a great admirer of nature. This poem describes the natural sight of rain symbolically. Rain falls on top of the dense foliage. The upper leaves drink the rainwater first, then pass it to the lower thin leaves drop by drop. The beating of the raindrops against the thick leaves produces soft music.
“Most of my memories are the sound of rain caravan roofs” (Kelly MacDonald)
The top thick leaves symbolize rich people who enjoy most of the blessings but they give a very little amount of relief or alms to the poor. Due to inadequate means and resources, poor people cannot enjoy the delightful scene of rain. Rain becomes even a bother to the people who live in tents or in mid houses. They do not enjoy the lovely and comforting rhythm of the falling rain. When rich people enjoy rain by drinking coffee, the poor are busy clearing up the damage created by rain. The captivating scene of rain is not to be enjoyed by the people who hardly make both end meets. They do not admire or enjoy the music of rain.
“One can find so many pains when the rain is falling”
However, the other side of the gloomy picture is always bright. It is said that a dark clouds has a silver lining and after troubles and trials, there are greater rewards. In the second stanza, the poet says that when the rain stops, the sun will come out from the clouds. It will illuminate everything, including dark round drop of rain. The dazzling sunshine will spread equally everything. Here the poet hopes that the painful difference between the wealthy and poor will come to an end. The scene of sunshine is a source of pleasure because it symbolizes justice and fair distribution of resources among all.
“After the rain, the sun will appear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here.” (Walt Disney)
This poem, although short, conveys a serious message and highlights the difference between rich and poor. The poet present the universal law of nature that there is pleasure after grief and merriment after the misery. Time does not remain the same because change is inevitable and the only permanent phenomenon of life. The change from rain to sunlight is likened to the change from misery to happiness.
2nd summary “Try Again”
This reflective, moralizing and optimistic poem is gifted by ‘William Edward Hickson’. This poem is the epitome of the lesson of courage, bravery, perseverance, conquest prevalence, grace and patience. This poem teaches us a lesson of trying again and again. It is the only key to success. The message of this poem is universal. Hickson says if we fail in our first attempt, we should not get disappointed. We should try again with more energy and vigour. Trying again and again, will make us more courageous and strong. If we persist because of this courage, we will conquer for sure.
‘Serena Williams’ says,
“When you lose, you get up, you make it better, you try again.”
Hickson admits that when we try to achieve any targets, we may fall once or twice but we should not surrender. It is against the dignity of man. The poet is of the view that when the world says, “stop trying anymore”; the hope whispers gently, “Try it once more!” It means a man should never give up hope. Failure urges man to try again with strong determination. One mustn’t surrender to the challenges of hurdles. The man should not feel disgrace at his failure. A wise man always learns from his failure. Our failure tells us about our shortcomings and weaknesses. The spirit of trying again vanishes man’s fear and at last make him a conqueror.
‘Hemingway’ rightly says,
“A man is not for defeat. He can be destroyed but not be defeated.”
Always keep in mind that if all people can do their jobs in an impressive way, you can also do yours. The only thing you must keep in mind is that you should never get disappointed if you make mistakes. Failure does not mean the game is over; it means life is asking you to prove your mettle with more constructive effort and be a trendsetter.
Nutshell, I would like to say that we should aspire to reach our goals, facing all the challenges manfully. Failure comes in our life to make us stronger and tougher. The people who surrender and give up easily can never reach their destiny. All successful people have had to try again and again to get to where they are.
‘Samuel Beckett’ says,
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
3rd summary Peace Dr Silvia Hartman
“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace”
Peace is a metaphysical poem in which poetess Dr. Silvia describe the destructive and peaceful nature of the wind side by side. The poetess in this poem conveys her feelings by using different figurative devices as alliteration, imagery, metaphor and personification etc. The rhyming scheme of the poem is ABCDEFBB, ABCDEFGHI. This poem shows her personal experience and feelings.
The wind is furious in the form of a storm and destroys everything around. The poet describes that it is not the only face of the wind. The wind usually remains calm and peaceful under the bright blue sky. This side of natural phenomena fills out lives with real joy, goodness, and peace. Instead of encouraging the evil side of the wind, we should appreciate peace, love and benevolence. The nature of wind to act differently teaches us a lesson of life that humans have to experience storms to achieve peace.
Siddhartha Gautama says;
“Peace come from within. Do not seek it without.”
We have to face hardship and storms to get peace in our life. Natural phenomena teach us that it is not easy to enjoy peace without countering the storms and hardships.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson says:
” Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
It means that we should face hardships of life with courage and patience. Hardworking and bravely is key to the success. Instead of encouraging the evil side of things, we should appreciate peace, love and benevolence related to them. The truth about peaceful nature is known on a bright shiny day.
At the end poetess wants to attract the very attention of us all on this deplorable situation; we should take the time to enjoy the natural things. We should also give importance all the things as no one can realize the pain till her doesn’t get. Hellen Keller says that:
” The seeing see little.”
Dr Silvia Hartman
Hartmann was an associate of Helena Blavatsky and was Chairman of the Board of Control of the Theosophical Society Adyar. He collaborated with the mystic Carl Kellner. He published the journals Lotusblüthen and Neue Lotusblüten .He wrote articles on yoga and popularized the subject within Germany.He has been described as “one of the most important theosophical writers of his time”. His works include several books on esoteric studies and biographies of Jakob Böhme and Paracelsus. He translated the Bhagavad Gita into German and was the editor of the journal Lotusblüten. He was at one time a co worker of Helena Blavatsky at Adyar. In 1896 he founded a German Theosophical Society. He also supported the Guido von List Society.
According to Theodor Reuss he was one of the original founders of the magical order that would later be known as Ordo Templi Orientis, along with Reuss and Carl Kellner.
William Edward Hickson
William was the son of Edward Hickson, a boot and shoe manufacturer of Smithfield, London. Having studied schools in The Netherlands and Germany, he retired from the family business in 1840 to concentrate on philanthropic pursuits: particularly the cause of elementary education. He became editor and proprietor of The Westminster Review which was notable for its commitment to legislative reform and popular education.
W. H. Davies
Hickson died at Fairseat, Stansted, Kent, where he was buried. William Edward Hickson commonly known as Richman Hopson and W. E. Hickson, was a British educational writer. He was the author of “Time and Faith” and was the editor of The Westminster Review. He wrote part of the Official Peace Version of the British national anthem, approved by the Privy Council, found in the 1925 edition of Songs of Praise and, with one line changed, in the 1933 edition.
William Henry Davies was a Welsh poet and writer, who spent much of his life as a tramp or hobo in the United Kingdom and the United States, yet became one of the most popular poets of his time. His themes included observations on life’s hardships, the ways the human condition is reflected in nature, his tramping adventures and the characters he met. Though much of his work is not typical of the group in style or theme.
After school, Davies worked as an ironmonger. His grandmother in November 1886 signed Davies up for a five-year apprenticeship to a local picture-frame maker. Davies never enjoyed the craft. He left Newport, took casual work and began his travels. The Autobiography of a Super Tramp. covers his American life in including adventures and characters from his travels as a drifter. During the period, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean at least seven times on cattle ships. He travelled through many states doing seasonal work.