In the poem "Laugh and Be Merry" what final advice does the poet give to the readers towards the end of the poem?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This poem concerns the way we should live our lives based on the brevity of human life and the suffering that life involves. The speaker of this poem urges us to "laugh and be merry" at the "joy of the earth," and spends time arguing that this is the only response to our lives and God's creation because of the nature of life. Our response then is to join in the "joy of the earth," the joy of God's creation by living life in merriment and laughter and making the most of every second of our time. The concluding stanza gives us the speaker's final advice to his audience:

Laugh and be merry together, like brothers akin,
Guesting awhile in the rooms of a beautiful inn,
Glad till the dancing stops, and the lilt of the music ends.
Laugh till the game is played; and be you merry, my friends.

Note the simile that he uses. Our lives are spent as if they were "guesting awhile in the rooms of a beautiful inn." We are to laugh right up until the end of our lives, making the most of all the enjoyment and pleasure of life, not worrying about any sufferings or trials and living life to the full.

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amishi | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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the poets advises his reader to be happy and merry as the name suggests.he gives different examples to show that this earth has been created by the Almighty out of his joy.he tells the readers to fight all evils and live with every other being like they are brothers with a happy we are merely guests in the inn of the world.

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