Summarize the last stanza of the poem "The Vagabond". How has the meaning changed by changing "seek" in the second stanza into "ask" in the fourth stanza?

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The previous post was quite strong.  I would only like to add that there might be a bit more of conditionality implied in the changing of verbs.  In the second stanza, there is a slight tone of defiance and complete austerity. It is at this point where the speaker is convinced of his condition and within its certainty, his resolve lies.  He challenges the natural elements in the third stanza, which is a continuation of the ideas brought out in the second stanza of "seek."  This brings to light the image that the vagabond is either searching for something directly, as in to "seek out."  In the last stanza, it might be as if the speaker has endured the conditions and all that they have to offer.  Within this, there might be a note of weariness.  It is not overwhelming, but a faint trace might be there.  Within this could be the idea of "asking," as if to help alleviate the conditions placed upon the vagabond. Perhaps, the change in words between the second and last stanza could indicate the challenges faced by the individual.

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The last stanza of the poem 'The Vagabond' by Robert Louis Stevensen deals with the idea of waning independence. In the first three stanzas, the tramp is hale and hearty, young and strong and capable of being out in all weathers - even Autumn and Winter as it turns frosty. If he has no wealth, or friends for that matter, it is through choice - his choice. He chooses not to seek those things, even though he has the ability. In the last stanza,however, he is looking forwards to old age- he is looking to a time when that choice is no longer there and only available if it is given to him as a gift (for example from God.) He still says, however, that even if it is available, he will not pray for wealth, choosing rather to die on the lonely road of independence.

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