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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. Life , Charlotte Brontë
  3. 3. Life In A Love , Robert Browning
  4. 4. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  5. 5. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  6. 6. What Is Life? , John Clare
  7. 7. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  8. 8. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  9. 9. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  10. 10. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  11. 11. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  12. 12. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  13. 13. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  14. 14. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. 15. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  16. 16. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  17. 17. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  18. 18. How Life Is For Life (Tanka) , Muzahidul Reza
  19. 19. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  20. 20. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  21. 21. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  22. 22. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  23. 23. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  24. 24. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  25. 25. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  26. 26. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life , Anna Jonson
  27. 27. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  28. 28. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  30. 30. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  31. 31. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  32. 32. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  33. 33. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  34. 34. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  35. 35. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
  36. 36. (c) 1 (Life/Philosophy) Life Is.... , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  37. 37. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
  38. 38. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  39. 39. An Adventure In The Life Of King James V.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  40. 40. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  41. 41. Modern Love Iv: All Other Joys Of Life , George Meredith
  42. 42. Ploughman's Life, The , Robert Burns
  43. 43. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
  44. 44. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  45. 45. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
  46. 46. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  47. 47. Life Goes On , Elizabeth Quinn
  48. 48. Life Is The Body's Light , Robert Herrick
  49. 49. They May Rail At This Life , Thomas Moore
  50. 50. End To Life And Life To Come , Cassandra Reiman
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