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Sir Walter Raleigh's What is Our Life
Transcript of Sir Walter Raleigh's What is Our Life
Written in one stanza
Opens with a rhetorical question
Rhyme scheme is, A,A,B,B,C,C,D,D,E,E
Written in figurative language
More on the poem
The tone being used is a serious tone but on the last line it changes to a witty tone.
The poem is an extended metaphor.
A play of passion is a medieval play, that was preformed in church. The play was about Jesus Christ and his life. In Raleigh's poem he states a play of passion making a relation to this play.
Through my interpretations of it, Raleigh wants to show the meaning of life, and how humans act through most of their life so life is like a play as we are consistently acting.
What is Our Life
What is our life? The play of passion.
Our mirth? The music of division:
Our mothers’ wombs the tiring-houses be,
Where we are dressed for life’s short comedy.
The earth the stage; Heaven the spectator is,
Who sits and views whosoe’er doth act amiss.
The graves which hide us from the scorching sun
Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.
Thus playing post we to our latest rest,
And then we die in earnest, not in jest.