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A Mind Content by Robert Greene

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on 17 October 2014

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Transcript of A Mind Content by Robert Greene

The title is a metaphor to describe a relaxed mind, happy and joyful
Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss,
Up to this point, he used hyperbaton to focus on what he wanted to; however, in this line he cease the use of hyperbaton but uses hyperbole to emphasize specific words.
The homely house that harbors quiet rest,
Here hyperbaton is reintroduced, and the concept of house is referred to with much redundancy; epithet.
The Poem
Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content;

The quiet mind is richer than a crown;

Sweet are the nights in careless slumber spent;

The poor estate scorns fortune’s angry frown:

Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss,

Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.

The homely house that harbours quiet rest;

The cottage that affords no pride nor care;

The mean that ‘grees with country music best;

The sweet consort of mirth and music’s fare;

Obscuréd life sets down a type of bliss:

A mind content both crown and kingdom is.
A Mind Content by Robert Greene
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A hyperbaton to emphasize the characteristics of the thoughts. There are imageries
A simile to express the nature of wisdom, which is always more important than power
Hyperbaton again that emphasizes the characteristic of the night. Anaphora of “sweet” to highlight the concept of sweet; it is a characteristic of the relaxed mind. Idealization of the modesty of a person.
"The poor estate scorns Fortune’s angry frown:"
Personification of the characteristics of the mind, and there is a conflict between each other.
Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.
In these lines he asses the advantages of not being a rich prince; only beggars can enjoy the true nature of the mind.
The cottage that affords no pride or care,
Personification of the house, to show its humbleness. It is more important the inner self that what you show about yourself.
The mean, that ’grees with country music best,
Hyperbaton again used to praise simple lifestyle; simple house, simple interests, enjoying the simplest of the music genres, country music.
The sweet consort of mirth’s and music’s fare.
Again, he cherishes the comfort effect that a humble life does on someone, only caring for the laughter and the music.
Obscuréd life sets down a type of bliss:
He considers this type of life; not desiring the pursue of wealth and power, thus not having almost not problems, a bliss for the one who is living it.
A mind content both crown and kingdom is.
At this last line he directly refers to the title, he states that an untroubled and relaxed, content mind has more wealth and power than what any other crown and kingdom can give you. This line is very powerful; it uses hyperbaton, metaphors and imageries to convey a feeling of welfare.

In the second stanza the author uses alliteration to convey the humble life as particularly pleasant. He repeats the “h” sound, which is associated with quietness, relaxation and gentleness. The structure of the poem is much paused, he uses a lot of semicolons; this is because he wants to express the pace of the poem, which is very relaxed and untroubled. From this we can derive the tone of the poem: a contented and sweet tone.

The poem explores the differences between the state of mind of a prince, or any other person who supposedly has a lot of power and wealth, and a beggar, or anyone who has no attachment no possessions and only seeks the enjoyment of life. The poet remarks that even though everyone has problems, the untroubled mind’s problems are much less troubling. He finally states that simple, humble life is a type of bliss. This aspect of life is “both the crown and the kingdom” of a modest man.
Greene poses this contrast between a prince and a beggar and at first, it seems as a paradox. However, the continuous repetitions of words and the use of hyperbaton allow him to highlight the true essence of life; that only the simple things will lead you to happiness. He uses metaphors, similes and imageries to construct a scene in which the reader is left doubtless that wealth and power will only bring “frowns” and problems.
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