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The Guest House
Transcript of The Guest House
Rumi uses metaphors in this poem. Rumi says that being a human being is like being a guest house and your guests are your emotions. They are all unexpected guests. These guests may even sweep your furniture away, but then you’ll be cleared out for new furniture. No matter if these guests are good or evil, they may have came for a good reason.
The poem is in third person point of view because the poem never says “I” or “My”. I believe the speaker thinks that whatever comes your way good or bad, maybe it was sent to guide you of help you. The speaker also has a positive attitude. I think the speaker has a positive attitude because when the new emotions (depression, sadness) enter the Guest House then leave, the speaker used the words “New Delight” and “A guide from beyond”.
The tone is calm. I say the tone is calm because the speaker knows that even though there were bad emotions that went inside the guest house, when they left they cleared out your old furniture so you could make room for new furniture or happiness.
I think the theme is to have hope. There can be some bad things that can happen in your life, but then there could be a good outcome after.
“A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.”
This is a simile comparing feelings to unexpected visitors. You didn’t know they were coming to the Guest House. This is also explaining the message because it’s explaining how the unexpected emotions are felt as unexpected visitors.
“This being human is a guest house.”
This is comparing the human body to a guest house to show what goes on when new feelings enter the body.
“Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.”
This is to explain what happens when new feelings come to you. You opening a door to your feelings when you are feeling that way is what this is saying.
“Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of it’s furniture,”
Imagine your sadness invading your Guest House, taking all your happiness (furniture) and then leaving you empty.
“The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.”
This is an example of personification because you are opening up the door to your emotions. The emotions are standing in front of your door ready to walk into the Guest House and be your emotions.
For this poem I rate it a 10 out of 1-10 stars. I recommend that you read this poem.
Made By Mia Shendock