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In the poem "Farewell to the Farm" by Robert Louis Stevenson, what is the meaning of the first and second stanzas?

In the first two stanzas of "Farewell to the Farm," a time of transition is taking place. Children are leaving the farm where they have spent a summer holiday and are waving goodbye to it from their carriage.

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"Farewell to the Farm" is one of the poems in Robert Louis Stevenson's 1885 collection of poems A Children's Garden of Verses. It is based on his own memories of childhood and is written in the voice of a child speaking to other children.

In the first stanza of the poem, children who have been having a summer holiday on a farm are leaving it. The coach is at the door, ready to take them home. They "mount," or climb in, quickly and start blowing goodbye kisses at the farm as the coach pulls off. They cry out loud "goodbye ... to everything!" They have clearly had a good time at the farm and will miss it, but at the same time, they are not sad to be going home.

In the second stanza, the speaker provides more details about what the children will miss about the farm. They will miss the house and its garden, the field, and the lawn, the gatepost they swung on, the water pump, the stable, and the tree, which had a swing. We can imagine them in the coach as they pass all these objects, waving or blowing kisses goodbye to them all.

The poem is about a time of transition, when children leave a beloved place but are still full of energy, exuberance, and happiness as they say goodbye, remembering fondly what is passing by, but not with any sense of sorrow or grief.

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