Has someone got any annotations they can give me about this poem? Pleease? Its the Happy life by Henry Howard.
My friend, the things that do attain
The happy life be these, I find.
The riches left, not got with pain;
The fruitful ground; the quiet mind;
The equal friend, no grudge, no strife;
No charge of rule, nor governance;
Without disease, the healthy life;
The household of continuance;
The mean diet, no delicate fare;
True wisdom joined with simpleness;
The night discharged of all care,
Where wine the wit may not oppress;
The faithful wife, without debate;
Such sleeps as may beguile the night;
Contented with mine own estate,
No wish for death, nor fear his might.
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- Thread Starter
- 06-12-2010 23:11
- 07-12-2010 15:16
Do your homework yourself. Asking for help is one thing but asking us to practically do it for you is another. Us doing it won't really help you to understand it, will it? Instead, maybe you should look at particular lexical and syntactical choices the poet has made. He wrote during the Renaissance, I believe, so could this be a factor evident throughout the poem? Be careful not to just look at it as an autobiographical poem but I don't see any harm in finding any elements that *could* be contextual in that sense. What is the message of the poem? I think that seems quite obvious, and btw I think the full title of the poem is 'The Means to Attain Happy Life' which sorta gives you the 'message' of the poem anyway.Last edited by mel0n; 07-12-2010 at 15:20.