Each stanza gives separate reasons for laughter and merriment. What are these reasons?

1 Answer | Add Yours

jeffclark's profile pic

jeffclark | College Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted on

In the poem "Laugh and be Merry," John Masefield takes the reader on a whirlwind ride through life itself. Indeed, there are many reasons to do just as the title advises, among which are:

Stanza 1 - Life Itself.  Just the experience of life is enough to cause one to laugh and be merry. Just to be a part of the "proud pageant of man" is enough to accomplish this end if it is appreciated as it should be.

Stanza 2 - Youth. "In olden time" God took us and filled us with the "strong red wine" of youth and vitality. To fail to cherish this aspect of life is a tragedy, and will cause one to miss an opportunity that will not come again.

Stanza 3 -  A Life's Work. "Laugh, and battle, and work, and drink," the elements that make a life pleasing and productive. Accomplishment always brings a "merry" result.

Stanza 4 - Fellowship. "The rooms of a beautiful inn," "dancing," "music," and "friends." These all imply the contribution of companionship and fellowship to make one laugh and be merry indeed.

We’ve answered 318,983 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question