What is our Life?

Sir Walter Raleigh:

“What is our Life? A Play of Passion”

What is our life? A play of passion,
Our mirth the music of division,
Our mother’s wombs the tiring-houses be,
Where we are dressed for this short comedy.
Heaven the judicious sharp spectator is,
That sits and marks still who doth act amiss.
Our graves that hide us from the setting sun
Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.
Thus march we, playing, to our latest rest,
Only we die in earnest, that’s no jest.

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The poet draws the reader’s attention to the meaning and concept of life. He compares life to a play of passion or a short comedy.

-What is the context/background of this poem?

-What is the theme? Have you readany other poem that shares this same theme?

-Focus on the metaphor of the theatre and copare it to Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT:

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages”. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

-Say what the poem is about using your own words.

-Find at least 3 literary elemens and explain the impact on the reader.

-What is the tone?

-Make a personal conclusion.

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15 Responses to What is our Life?

  1. Cami Carnemolla says:

    Literature
    Raleigh wrote this poem during the 15th century when he was in prison due to charges of treason. It is important to highlight that this was a time where a great importance was given to Gods will. He was on the road to execution and he portrays the life as a comedy play. A joke that we are all condemned to live but death would have a stronger meaning. Everybody is afraid of death.

    2. Themes: Life vs. Death. Morality and the Meaning of Life.

    3. Both poems potrays life as a teathre play. The last scene is death because is the end of the play, and end of life. Everybody dies as the natural laws say. The teathre would be an extended metaphor in which the writer is the actor of it.

    4. The poem is about the stages of life from our birth up to or death. The stages of life are described thorugh the use of an extended metaphor. Comparing the theatre with it.
    5. A literary element present in this story is the extended metaphor that presents life as a play.

    6. The tone changes while the poem goes on. At first is something similar to funny, humorous because the reader understands the poem as something funny. But at the end of the poem it changes to a depressive tone, dark, melancholic, serious.
    7. For me the poem is very realistic because it highligts the fact that one day, maybe today, tomorrow or in the future we are going to die. The writer portrays this because of the abrupt change in tones. We should enjoy life, laugh, (comedy) but then we will eventully die (the end)

  2. Tadeo Helou says:

    1) Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) wrote “What Is Our Life” (1614) when he was imprisioned on charges for conspiring against the king (1604-1616). On 1617 he received conditional freedom. He went to a Spanish colony in southamerica, where he attackes a city. When he returns to England he is arrested by application of the Spanish Government. He was accused for his crimes and locked again in the Tower of London. In 1618 he is finally beheaded.

    It can be sustained that this events affected on his literature. This is shown in this particular poem. Where he writes about life in a unserious way, comparing it with “a short comedy”. And where he writes about death in a serious and sincere way: “And thn we die in earnest, not in jest”. He is reflecting about the concept of life and death because he knows that he is on his last stage. That he would finally die.

    2) The themes of the poem in my opinion are Life as a Stage, The Meaning of Life, Life as an Act, Life & Death. We have read many poems which are related to the death and the life. For example “The Author’s Epitaph, Made By Himslef”. Although the poems referr to the death and life in different ways they between lines referr to the same. “What is our life” does it through an extended metaphor of a theatre and “The Author’s Epitaph, Made by Himself” through connecting it with time and religion.

    3) The metaphor of the theatre in “What is our life” is used to compare it with life. From the very begenning in “Our mothers’ wombs” which “dress” us. Where we are destinated and prepared to confront life. Up to our death, when the curtians draw which are compared to our graves. Moreover, in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” the same idea appears but in a more detailes way. There are more stages and they are more conveyed. Consequently, the poem is longer. Both poems gives the impression that life could be forecasted and that there are stated stages which can not be broken. This stages are symbolized in both poems by the use of the theatre.

    4) The poem is about the stages of life from our birth up to or death. The stages of life are described thorugh the use of an extended metaphor. Comparing the theatre with it. Life is compared to an “eventful history”.

    5) A liteary element that is present in the poem is the extended metaphor used to compare the stages in life with the theatre. The effect of this is to convey the stages of life and create an effect on the reader as if everything was acted. Another literary element is a simile in line 8; “And shining morning face, creeping like snail”. This simile is comparing a school-boy going to college in the morning to a slow snail. As they are unmotivated to go to school. This device created an effect on the reader. They can imagine the situation and perhaps feel sympathy towards the writer because perhaps they feel identified with it. Moreover, another liteary device is on line 12; “Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,”. This simile is comparing the soldiers beard with a pard.

    6) The tones of the poem are, during the first part humorous and sympathic and during the last lines it turns into serious and negative. As if it was scared of death which is inevitable.

    7) The poem by Shakespeare sympathizes more with reader than the one of Sir Walter. However, they have different views about death. Shakespeare’s is mucho mre pessimistc while Sir Walters’ is mucho more natural, in my opinion.

  3. diego goldaracena says:

    -What is the context/background of this poem?
    The poem “What is our Life? A Play of Passion” was written by Sir Walter Raleigh when he was in prison and about to be executed. The poem can be compared with a short comedy in relation with the end of life and death.

    -What is the theme? Have you read any other poem that shares this same theme?
    The theme of this poem is meaning of life and death. The Author’s epitaph written by Sir Walter Raleigh too, shares the theme.

    -Focus on the metaphor of the theatre and compare it to Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT:
    Both authors use the extended metaphor of the theater and the play, in which we are the characters. Each of the things that happen in life are a scene. Both poems, shows the end of the play as death.

    Say what the poem is about using your own words.
    The author illustrates with this poem the life of a person represented in a play. The person is the protagonist and the play is divided in scenes that represent the stages of the person’s life. The close of the curtains represent death.

    -Find at least 3 literary elemens and explain the impact on the reader.
    Extended metaphor: life as a play
    It gives a great impact on the reader because clearly shows a play as somebody’s life. The author perfectly illustrates the person as the protagonist, the stages as scenes and the end by death.
    Alliteration: “A play of passion”
    Helps the reader to imagine life as a play.
    Simile: “Our graves that hide us from the setting sun Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.” Also helps the reader to understand life as a play, and the end of the play as death.

    -What is the tone?
    In the beginning, the tone is humorous and positive, and at the end turns negative and serious

    -Make a personal conclusion.
    In my opinion, the author wants to show the reader that life can be enjoyed but is short so to make the reader conscious of it.
    As I said before the author illustrates the life of a person with a play showing each scene as the stages in life and the end of the play, when the curtains close, with death.

  4. Nicolas Pourteau says:

    1)Raleigh (1552-1618) strikes me as someone who really doesn’t appreciate what he’s got. An explorer and adventurer, chasing the gold of El-Dorado; a soldier, trying to quell the Irish; a poet, causing students 400 years in the future to scratch their heads. This poem was written as he was imprisoned on charges of treason and on the road to execution. He’s pondering about life, but also about death. I think in one way he is quite upbeat about life and his experiences, but ends with a solemnity associated with his mortality.
    2) The themes are contemplation of life and mortality, also shown in the author epitaph
    3) Both poems show life as a theater play in witch every scene represents a different stage of life.
    4)All the world’s a stage this metaphor inpacts on the reader as it leves him thinking where he is wright know, in witch time of his life is he, is he to old or not that much? did his or hers golden years passed?
    5)The tone is reflective
    6) The poems shows a different way of seeing life, he shows like an act in which we are the protagonist and we should enjoy our short life.

  5. Matias Grande says:

    -What is the context/background of this poem?

    The poem was written by Raleigh in the 15th centhury while he was in prison because he was accused of treason. unluckily for him, he was then executed in 1618 after being in jail in the Tower of London.

    -What is the theme? Have you read any other poem that shares this same theme?

    The theme of this poem is memento mori, tempus fugit. Other themes can also be the meaning of life and death. Yes, we have already read poems with these themes such as The author’s Epitaph a poem which was also written by Sir Walter Raleigh.

    -Focus on the metaphor of the theatre and compare it to Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT:

    The main metaphor of the poem consists in comparing life to a play in theatre where life is the play, and the characters are us, playing different roles in different time. This is something very similar to what Shakespeare said. Moreover, they also share something that is very similar, at the end, we all pass away.

    -Say what the poem is about using your own words.

    From my point of view, the poem is aboutthe poet’s own interpretation about life and death where he is able to express his thoughts by uising the metaphor of the theatre. He is trying to explain to the reader that we are the protagonist of our own lives.

    -Find at least 3 literary elements and explain the impact on the reader.

    Literary device: Alliteration
    Quote: “quick in quarrel” “A play of passion” ““mirth of music”
    Impact on the reader: I believe that Raleigh used this literary device in order to convey an atmosphere of a thatre by giving repetition of sounds giving to the poem a ‘music’ that attracts rhe reader.

    Literary device: Similie
    Quote: “Our graves that hide us from the setting sun/ Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.”
    Impact on the reader: I am convinved that this quote is one of the most importants passages in the poem because in this one Raleigh compares the end of the play with the end of life, he sumarizes the message of the whole poem.

    Literary device: Metaphor
    Quote: “All the world’s a stage”
    Impact on the reader: From my point of view this quote is very important sice is the first line in the poem. The poet introduces the reader the main topic of the poem, the comparison between a play and human life.

    -What is the tone?

    The tone of the poem varies during it, it is not always the same. Firstly it is a funny tone, However, in the last lines the tone turns to be of danger or fear towards a situation, that is death.

    -Make a personal conclusion.

    To conclude, the poem is very intresting because the poet explains the reader his way of interpreting life by usimg a metaphor in which he compares life and a play in theatre. The poet also represents his fear towards death by changing the tone of the poem in the last lines.

  6. Julia Molementi says:

    -What is the context/background of this poem?
    The poem was written by Sir Walter Raleigh when he was in prison and about to be executed.
    -What is the theme? Have you read any other poem that shares this same theme?
    The themes of the poem are: Tempus fungi, memento mori and life as a short play. The writer compares through an extended metaphor, a play, to life itself. Sonnet 74 by Edmund Spenser shares the themes of Tempus fungi and memento mori as the voice highlight how fast time passes by and it is impossible to stop it, eventually everyone will have the same end, death. Therefore the voice is desperate to immortalize his love in literature as it is impossible to live forever.
    -Focus on the metaphor of the theatre and copare it to Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT:
    Both pieces share the theme of life as a stage. In “what about life” the writer uses an extended metaphor to highlight the similarities between the stages in a play and the stages in life. For example, the end of the play with the closing curtains represent the grave of a person. In “as you like it” a play is also compared to the stages in life. He says that we are all actors in the play of life and we will all suffer the same end.
    -Say what the poem is about using your own words.
    The poem is about the different parts of the life of a person. From the beginning of his existence till the end. The monotony of life is highlighted, it is as if we were all following a script that will eventually end, with death. The extende metaphor of a theater is used to divide the different dsathes of life.
    -Find at least 3 literary elemens and explain the impact on the reader.
    The extended metaphor of life as a short play, highlights the different satges of life and how fast time pases by.
    Alliteration, “play of passion” and “Mirth the Music” gives a to the reader the idea of noises that can be similar to the ones of a play, gives sound to the poem and also it highlight the word “play” as the reader is attracted to it by the sound.
    -What is the tone?
    The tone is at first humorous putting in evidence life a short comedy where we have to enjoy as we can. and then serious because the play is about to end, death will reach everyone.
    -Make a personal conclusion.
    The poem reflects about the importance of life. Whether or not it is significant if the only fate is to die. However the idea of time passing fasts and the idea of a short comedy can be interpreted as if we have to enjoy every second until death.

  7. Juan Landolfo says:

    1) The poem was written by Sir Walter Raleigh when he was imprisoned and about to be executed. Queen Elizabeth’s successor disliked him so he ordered his execution. In his last moments of life he reflects in his poem the themes of life and death.
    2) Theme is life as a stage. In the poem by Sir Walter Raleigh, life is being compared to a play, where people are the actors and the heaven is the spectator.
    3) The writer compares the life cycle with a play as it involves many different acts were you, the protagonist, play different roles. The beginning of the play starts when we are born and ends when we dye.
    4) In this poem, the author is making a deep reflection about his life and past moments, experiences and feelings, while he remembers them with melancholy. He gives a negative view of life itself, at the time passes and death is very close.
    5) – The hole poem is based on an extended metaphor as the author compares a play with life.
    – At the beginning of the poem theres a rhetorical question that show us that the poet is going to debate, and whats the meaning and the importance of life.
    – The poem alliteration “A play of passion“, gives us an idea on whats going to be the theme and the main content of the poem.
    6) The tones is reflective and sad, as in the end of the story the writer gives a negative viewpoint of life, explaining that we all are going to dye at a certain moment, and its inevitable.
    7) In spite of the sadness and depression conveyed at the last part of the story, the writer in the first paragraphs of the poem, develop a humorous and happy tone, indicating that, although we all are going to dye, we should appreciate and enjoy every minute of our lives because times passes quickly and we don’t even notice.

  8. abril Lopez says:

    Literature
    Raleigh wrote this poemduring the 15th century when he was in prison due to charges of treason.It is important to highlight that this was a time where a great importance was given to Gods will, as is mentioned in the development of the poem. He was on the road to excecution and he portrays the life as a comedy play. A joke that we are all condemned to play (live) but death would have a stronger meaning. He gives a turn to life confronting what everybody is afraid of. Death

    2. The theme of the poem would be Life vs. Death. Morality. Everything has an end.

    3. Both poem portrays life as a play. The last scene obviously is death because is the end of the play. Everybody dies as the natural laws say. Also in both poems the stages in life are portrayed trough the lines of it. The teathre would be an extended metaphor in which the writer is the actor of it.

    4. The poem is about the different stages in the life of a person and how people pass trought them reaching at the end, that would be the end of the life or in this case the end of the play. The poems marks the changes we make trough life, the different acts would be the stages and how he grow mature and finally die.

    6. The tone changes while the poem goes on. At first is something similar to funny. Humorous because the reder understand the piece of writing as something funny and the reader tries to give a sense of humour to it so we can understand life as a comedy. But at the end of the poem it changes to a depressive tone, dark, melancholic, serious.
    7. I htink that the poems highlight the fact that we are going to die one day and it is very realistic in that way but I think that the abrupt change that it does of the different tones make the reader understand that at first he uses comedy in order to try to transmit us that we should live in that way. As a comedy, we should enjoy it, we should laugh and just live. And at the end of ourlifes we should be serioues about we have lived and the experiences we had gon trough.

  9. felipe reynal says:

    1.
    The poem was written By Sir Walter Raleigh while he was imprisoned in the tower of london and waiting to be executed.

    2.
    The theme of the poem is life as a play, since the writer portrays the different stages of life comparing them to the parts of a play in a theater. The idea of stages of life in a poem can also be seen in “the cockroach”.

    3.
    Both poems share the theme of life as a play. In “what is our life” the stages of life are compared to the parts of a play, for example the behind the scene preparation is compared to the mother´s womb. When the play end so does life. In shakespeare poem the stages of life are divided in 7 and each of it is also compared to the scenes in a play of a theater.

    4.
    The poem is about the stages of life and how fast time passes by. The idea of a short play represents this idea of time taking away life. Therefore we should appreciate each minute because death is inevitable.

    5.
    Extended metaphor comparing theater to the stages of life. For example, the end of the play to the dead body in the grave.
    The rhyme of the poem is regular to represent the monotony of life and how everyone will eventually die.
    The alliteration highlights the theme of the poem, “play of passion”, highlights the idea of life as a play.

    6.
    The tone is humorous to highlight that we should enjoy life as we can.

    7.
    The poem remarks the idea that eventually death will reach everyone, this is a very pessimistic point of view of life as we were insignificant and our only goal was to die. However, the tone makes the reader think that every second has to be enjoyed because it will never come back.

  10. Clara Burgio says:

    1. Raleigh wrote this poem when he was in prision due to charges of treason. He was on the road to execution.
    2. The theme is life and death. We have read many poems with the same theme.
    3. Both poems present life as a short play, where we are the actors and play different parts. The ending on both poems is similar: at the end of the play in the last scene, we all die.
    4. The poem is about the poet´s interpretation of life: how he/she sees life as a play or a short comedy and how we all are protagonists of our own play.
    5. The poem has alliteration: “A play of passion” “Mirth of music”. This gives the poem sound, music, which makes it easier for the reader to picture life as a play.
    Another literary element is the use of a rethorical question (“What is our life?”) that foreshadows what the poem will be about, catching the reader´s attention.
    Lastly, the writter uses a simile in the poem: “Our graves that hide us from the setting sun are like drawn curtains when the play is done”. This one compares our graves to closing curtains because when the play is done death comes.
    6. At first the tone is humurous, which is helpful for the reader to understand life as a short comedy. However, in the last lines the tone turns dark, distant. As if the writter was afraid of death.
    7. Both the poem and the extract transmit a similar view about life: we are all part of a play that begins the very minute we are concieved and at the end, when the curtains close, we all die, regardless of the quality of our play, because all of them must come to an end.

  11. Lucas Posse says:

    1- Sir Walter Raleigh expresses his view towards life and the world as we see it. The poem depicts life as a ‘Short comedy’, expressing how short yet joyful it can be.
    2- Meaning of life- Death. The author’s epitaph, Made by Himself shares the same theme regarding death.
    3- Both poems compare life with a theater, creating a metaphor of acts as the timeline of our lives. In the poems they convey how the different stages in life are acts in which we perform different roles.
    4- Shakespeare’s poem is about how life resembles a theatre, in which we are the protagonists of a play where we take different roles in the changing stages of life, represented as acts. Furthermore, the poem portrays how, time passes, we adopt different personalities and priorities.
    5- The metaphor ‘All the world’s a stage’ impacts the reader by creating a question to the reader of how life is like a play where different emotions appear.
    6- The tone in the poem is serious and reflective.
    7- The poem written by Sir Walter Raleigh shows a new perspective about how we can see life. This point of view projects how life is like an act in which we are the main protagonists and should perform in this ‘short comedy’, this short yet enjoyable life.

  12. The poem ” What is our life?” is set during the 15th century, a time where a great importance was given to Gods will, as is mentioned in the development of the poem, ” Heaven the Judicious spectator is”. Raleigh ponders about life as well as he does about death, making our life a comedy play, a joke we are all condemned to live, but giving death potential meaning, “It’s no jest”, its no funny remark, giving an abrupt turn to the life concept; confronting death.
    Some Themes present in the poem may be: Life, Mortality, Issues of death, Life as a theatre act, inevitability of fate.
    We have surely read a similar poem, “Sonnet 54” by Edmund spencer, that compares life to a theatre, concentrating in his feelings as a concept to compare, centering itself on his loved one, having a particular object of affection. The poem also has a similar turning point, Giving notice of his love’s lack of empathy for him, using negative connotations, as Raleigh uses to express the solemn matter of death.

    Shakespeare’s poem gradually names the stages life has, using a theatre to symbolize these. Life as a process, as an act that has a beginning and an ending, and unevitably all men act in this play. The same concept is used, the concept of fate acting at its best, making the same life cycle occur, as can be seen in “What is our life?’, with love, that all men have predestined from “our mothers wombs”. Also, Both poems anticipate life’s precipitousness, comparing it to a Short comedy or a cannon’s mouth.
    I believe both poems use a theatre act that protagonizes life; life’s meaning, life’s way.

    The tone of the poem is a reflective one, with a negative viewpoint of life, a fear of death and seeing life as insignificant. The tone may also be seen as a bitter one, a sad one as well.

    The poem uses alliteration (Play of Passion, Mirth the Music). This Literary device, i believe, is a strong one that unconsciously attracts readers and connects the poem to a more theatrical atmosphere, making it a auditory performance.
    Metaphor: The poem is a metaphor, a metaphor of life described as a theatrical play, capturing audience and facilitating the poet’s message through daily events and aspects of life spectators can familiarize and relate with.
    Lastly, I believe The title is a way Raleigh captures readers attention, a rethorical question is used to convince audience the poet will take a neutral, perhaps, viewpoint on what life is about, which actually helps make a greater impact on the reaction of reading the poem; living, dying, that leaves readers unsatisfied, with other expectations of what an understanding of life should be like.

    – Josefina Zubizarreta

  13. Candela Zufriategui says:

    What is the context/background of this poem?
    The poem was written by Sir Walter Raleigh when he was imprisoned and about to be executed. The reason for his execution was that James I of England, Queen Elizabeth’s successor, disliked him. In 1603 he was accused of plotting against the king and imprisoned in the tower of London. He was finally executed in 1618.

    -What is the theme? Have you read any other poem that shares this same theme?
    Theme of the poem: Life as a stage, memento mori and tempus fungit.
    In the poem by Sir Walter Raleigh, life is being compared to a play, where people are the actors and Heaven is the spectator. The main idea of this poem is about the stages of life since we are born until we eventually dye. The metaphor of a theatre is used to explain this process. It highlights how no one can escape from death and how fast time passes by.

    The poem shares the same theme of life as a stage with Spenser’s Sonnet 54. The speaker describes his lover as the spectator and he is the actor in the play of his life. Therefore the speaker also uses the metaphor of the theatre for life.

    -Focus on the metaphor of the theatre and compare it to Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT:
    The speech by Shakespeare compares the world to a stage and life to a play. He uses the same extended metaphor as Sir Raleigh in his poem. A play is compared to life, and the different scenes are the stages in life. Both, remark that eventually the play ends with the last act, death. But, Shakespeare divides life in more stages than Sir Raleigh. He catalogues life in seven stages of a kid, schoolboy, lover, soldier, looking for justice, in search for money and old age and finally facing inevitable death.

    -Say what the poem is about using your own words.
    The poem is a reflection towards life and its importance. By the metaphor of a play, the speaker highlights the different periods in the life of a person. Since we are in the mother’s womb until we die. No matter what are our actions in earth, eventually everyone will die and be forgotten, according to the speaker’s negative view towards life.

    -Find at least 3 literary elements and explain the impact on the reader.
    Simile in line 7 and 8 “Our graves that hide us from the setting sun/ Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.” It compares death to the end of the play. Therefore the different scenes in the play are the stages of life. At the end a play the actors are hidden behind the curtains. That is the last image that the audience sees from the actors. The audience represent family and friends and the curtain is the grave. This simile puts in evidence to the reader the idea of life as a stage. However, a play and life are different in one aspect, a play can start again, but people cannot come back from death.

    Extended metaphor, comparing life to a short play. The mother’s womb is compared to the period before the start of a play where actors are getting ready to start. Heaven can be interpreted as the spectators of a play. As god is watching and judging our behavior, so do the spectators in a play. Finally, the curtain of a stage and the end of the play is compared to the death of a person.

    Alliteration, there is an alliteration in “A play of Passion”. The repetition of the “p” sound calls the reader’s attention to the main theme of the poem. The concept of life a play. Also, the repetition of “s” in “sit” and “still” draws the reader’s attention to the fact that God does not interfere in our life and we all have the same end, death. This can be compared to the spectators that do not intervene in the course of the play; they sit in their chairs quietly.

    The rhyme scheme, it does not shift through the poem. The poem is short and simple; therefore the idea of time as ephemeris is remarked. Also, the regular rhyme can be compared to the monotony of life, dying is the fate of everyone. The punctuation in the first 6 lines of the poem helps the reader to reflect upon the poem. Time cannot be wasted.

    -What is the tone?
    In the first 6 lines of the poem the tone is light and a bit humorous. However, in the last lines it shifts to a more serious one, with a negative connotation towards life. The speaker is trying to explain that we have to enjoy life as we can because it is too short to waste it. Death will eventually come.

    -Make a personal conclusion.
    Although the poem seems to have a negative perspective towards the importance of life, as we are just actors following a script that will eventually end, the humorous tone suggests that it is important to enjoy life as we can. The idea of life as a comedy, highlights that time passes by fast so we have to enjoy every minute.

  14. Mechi Anelo says:

    1- This poem was written as Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned on charges of treason and on his way to execution. He was reflectioning about life and death.
    2- the theme is the meaning of life, which is also shared in The Author’s Epitaph.
    3- the author presents an idea that life is a play performed to an audience, showing that nothing has a real meaning in lifeas people are acting. In Shakespeare’s poem “As you like it” the idea of life as a performance in a theatre is also present in the beggining, “And all the men and women merely players”. People are just acting
    4- In this poem Raleigh reflects about his life and how it has been, at he is aware he is approaching to his end, saying in the end that death is unavoidable.
    5- There is not much Enjabment in this poem, which gives a feeling of rigidity, and gives the idea that relations within the people are tight and tense.
    Also there are inversions in line 5,9 and 10, which are the most important ones in the poem. Doing this he makes the reader pay more attention to these 3 lines.
    The poem als begins with a rethorical question, showing that what the poet is trying to analyse is the meaning of life.
    6- the tone is reflective
    7- my personal conclusion is that this man is making a summarise of his life. As he is going to die, he is analysing how life was to him and realizing that what was going to come is inevitable.

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