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What Is Life? - Poem by John Clare

And what is Life? An hour-glass on the run,
A mist retreating from the morning sun,
A busy, bustling, still-repeated dream.
Its length? A minute's pause, a moment's thought.
And Happiness? A bubble on the stream,
That in the act of seizing shrinks to nought.

And what is Hope? The puffing gale of morn,
That of its charms divests the dewy lawn,
And robs each flow'ret of its gem -and dies;
A cobweb, hiding disappointment's thorn,
Which stings more keenly through the thin disguise.

And what is Death? Is still the cause unfound?
That dark mysterious name of horrid sound?
A long and lingering sleep the weary crave.
And Peace? Where can its happiness abound?
Nowhere at all, save heaven and the grave.

Then what is Life? When stripped of its disguise,
A thing to be desired it cannot be;
Since everything that meets our foolish eyes
Gives proof sufficient of its vanity.
'Tis but a trial all must undergo,
To teach unthankful mortals how to prize
That happiness vain man's denied to know,
Until he's called to claim it in the skies.


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Poems About Life

  1. 1. A Psalm Of Life , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. 2. The Life That I Have , Leo Marks
  3. 3. Life , Charlotte Brontë
  4. 4. Life In A Love , Robert Browning
  5. 5. A Life-Lesson , James Whitcomb Riley
  6. 6. An Old Life , Donald Hall
  7. 7. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  9. 9. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  10. 10. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  11. 11. What Is Life? , John Clare
  12. 12. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  14. 14. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  15. 15. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  16. 16. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  17. 17. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  18. 18. Later Life , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  19. 19. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  20. 20. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. 21. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  22. 22. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
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  24. 24. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  25. 25. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  26. 26. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  27. 27. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  28. 28. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  29. 29. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  30. 30. Still Life , Thom Gunn
  31. 31. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
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  33. 33. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  34. 34. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  35. 35. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  36. 36. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  37. 37. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  38. 38. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  39. 39. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life , Anna Jonson
  40. 40. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
  41. 41. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  42. 42. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
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  44. 44. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  46. 46. Still-Life , Elizabeth Daryush
  47. 47. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  48. 48. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
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  50. 50. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
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