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VARIOUS TEXTS: SONGS AND POEMS: VIEWING TIME
BY E.V. MILNER

What is this life if, freed from care,
We have no time - except to stare.

No time to savour food and drink,
Or read, or write, or sit and think.

No time to paint, or play the flute,
Or dig, or yarn, or bottle fruit.

No time for politics, or pubs,
Discussion groups, or drama clubs.

No time for charity, or church,
Or local history research.

No time to give the dog a walk,
Or play or parlour game, or talk...

A poor life this, if we can spare
No time - except to sit and stare.


Possible assignments:
1. Summarize this poem in your own words and say how the first two lines are connected with the last two.
2. Would you agree with what the speaker says about us and our lifestyle? Give reasons for your opinion.


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