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Count That Day Lost by George Eliot

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Transcript of Count That Day Lost by George Eliot

Paraphrasing the poem
George Eliot (pen name for Mary Ann Evans) was born in 1819 in Warwickshire, in Victorian England. The Victorian age was characterized by huge gaps between the classes. The lower classes lived in extreme poverty, which affected her writing as an inspiration source. Eliot was one of the leading writers of that age. She used the male pen name, because female writers were not taken seriously at the time, and she wanted to make a difference. Along with other writers of the time, she was openly critical of these conditions. They felt it was their duty to help improve society. Eliot's books often pointed out the differences between wealthy landlords and poor, ordinary people and often criticized the behavior of the upper classes. She was concerned about the responsibility that people should take in their everyday lives and with the moral choices they must have.
Count That Day Lost by George Eliot
Analysis/literary terms
The poem "Count That Day Lost" by George Eliot describes
the process of deciding whether our day has been wisely spent or completely wasted. Each person wants his/her days to be lived
through in the most significant way possible. But unfortunately, not all people get to do so. In order to help people to understand if they
have made their day meaningful , the author defines how the perfect
day should look. At the beginning of the poem, the author describes
one of us who sits at the end of the day, thinking about what s/he has
done during the day. And then, the author tells us, readers, that if,
during that day, we have done at least one good and unselfish deed
that cheered someone else up, that made a day of another person
better, then you can say to yourself that you have managed to spend that day well. Most of the people will tell you that their day have been spent wisely when they have done a lot of deeds benefiting themselves. Conversely, this poem tells us something different: you have experienced a well spent day only if during that day you have unselfishly helped another person, when you gave something from yourself . The author emphasizes the importance of those good deeds in the second verse. You may have done many things during that day, but if you haven’t done at least one good deed for another person, that day is considered "worse than lost".
Meaning/Message
How the Poem is Relevant to Our Life- Russian Peers
The poet wrote it to teach a lesson. By openly addressing the reader, the speaker catches our attention and makes the poem relevant to each person.
Its message is conveyed via comparing and contrasting two kinds of a day described in each stanza-juxtaposed next to each other (the literary term of juxtaposition). It teaches us that it is important to do at least one good deed-then, the day is considered as well spent; yet, it is more important to be aware of the day worse than lost if haven’t done at least one small deed. So, the meaning of the poem is to make us aware of the fact that our deeds fill our days and life and determine who and what we are-they go with us far.

How the Poem is Relevant to Our Life- Israeli Peers
Count That Day Lost
by George Eliot
If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went --
Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,
You've cheered no heart, by yea or nay --
If, through it all
You've nothing done that you can trace
That brought the sunshine to one face--
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost --
Then count that day as worse than lost.
Biography of the Poet
The poem is highly relevant to our lives. Each one of us wakes up in the morning and feels like he would as if the following day to be spent in a smart and good way, and goes to sleep at the end of that day wondering if that day has been spent well. This poem gives us a very important tool- the ability to understand how to manage your days, and your lives properly. It reminds us that even if we are busy for the entire day, you should always remember to help and to be nicer to everyone around you. It is our decision whether to have a "well-spent day", and it absolutely depends on your personal desire to help or to contribute for the benefit of other people.
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This poem help to make each day of our life more productive. It makes us think and analyse our everyday life and enjoy every moment of it.
We shouldn't postpone anything till tomorrow. We should be open-monded and risky enough to love our life.
The poem is basically saying that a day spent helping people can be considered a really good day. Even if you do one small thing to help someone in a tiny way, the day has not been lost because of the joy you brought to another person. However, if at the end of your day, you can remember nothing that you did that was helpful or comforting or compassionate towards another person, consider the day lost because you had a golden opportunity to be a better person and you missed it. As an Eagle Scout I completely understand the point George Eliot is trying to make here. The Boy Scout slogan is "do a good turn daily" and I have seen my fair share of what happens on the days I follow this and on the days I don't. Although I wouldn't quite agree with George's idea that even a tiny helpful deed can satisfy an entire day because there are those days when most things can't save it. I would say at least a few things should be done each day in order to successfully call a day satisfactory. But I do fully agree with the idea that if no good deed is done at all, you might as well pretend that day never existed. That part I think Eliot hit square on the head.
“Count That Day Lost,” by the English writer George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), is a lyric poem consisting of two stanzas and offering straightforward moral advice of the sort often associated with literature of the Victorian period.
Unlike the titles of many works, the title of this poem is absolutely integral to the poem’s meaning, effects, and effectiveness. The title immediately creates suspense. What day (we wonder) does the title imply? In what ways will that unidentified day be “lost”? Answers to these questions are postponed until the very end of the...
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