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enoteuzer | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2008 at 11:18 AM via web

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Please summarise what "The Tables Turned" is about?

please make it brief and easy to understand

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brilliantghada | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM (Answer #2)

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Here the poet tells his friend:leave your book and goto nature.Do not waste your time reading books,nature will teach you whatever you want to learn and books cannot teach you as much as nature.

If you read books ,you will grow double ,unhealthy fat,nothing will pleased you or teach you.so,the poet insists on his fiend to go to nature , as going back to nature will teach him how to be wise and you will not get boring.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 16, 2008 at 1:03 PM (Answer #1)

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The narrator of the poem is telling his friend to stop reading books; he'll become fat. The speaker then asks why he chooses to be so serious while outside there is a beautiful evening scene:

“Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;

Or surely you'll grow double:

Up! up! my friend, and clear your looks,

Why all this toil and trouble? “

The narrator continues, telling his friend that books are dull and tedious. He says that instead of reading, he should go outside to where the “linnet (a small finch) and the throstle (a song bird)” are singing beautiful music which contains more wisdom than any book. Lines 15 and 16 are probably the most important lines of the poem: "Come forth into the light of things, / Let Nature is your teacher." The narrator is telling his friend that Nature has more to teach than books, and that he should go outside rather than seek refuge in dry pages.


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