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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

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  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
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  10. 10. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  11. 11. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  13. 13. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  14. 14. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  15. 15. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  16. 16. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  17. 17. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  18. 18. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  19. 19. Later Life , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  20. 20. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  21. 21. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  22. 22. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
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  25. 25. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  26. 26. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  27. 27. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  28. 28. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
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  31. 31. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  32. 32. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  33. 33. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  34. 34. Life , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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  37. 37. Still Life , Thom Gunn
  38. 38. Artist's Life , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  39. 39. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  40. 40. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
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