What is the theme of the poem "Laugh and Be Merry" by John Masefield?  

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the poem 'Laugh and be merry' by John Masefield, the poet examines the theme of living life to the full. He urges us to be cheerful and to enjoy our beautiful environment and is also sure to remind us that it is the lovely world that God has provided for us. He suggests that we make the most of the time we have here to enjoy it, and evokes a merry image of us all enjoying our environment in the company of good friends. There is also a note of caution as towards the end of the poem he reminds us that life is short, and that we won't always be around to enjoy it. In the lines

'God made Heaven and Earth for joy He took in a rhyme,
Made them, and filled them full with the strong red wine of
His mirth'

he expresses the view that God made us and the world only because he enjoys a little fun too, and also uses the image of red wine to add to the scene of merriment.

swastichoubey | Student

the port suggests that we should have a positive attitude in life and enjoy happiness on the earth to the fullest as life is very short. all humans are welcome in the inn of the world as guests and they should enjoy everything.

the poet also uses 'thread' as a metaphor to show that life is being drawn out with each passin day.

following the lead of the poet John Masefield,