The poet makes direct references to words in the bible the second last line of the extract to support his ideas.
Whom is the poem addressed to? Answer: As we live, we should face the hardships in our path with determination.
For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. In the battlefield of life, one can become a hero by not following the commanders but by being the commanders. Answer : In this line, the poet says enjoyment or sorrow are not the destined end or way of living. The noble deeds should be such that even an unhappy man might become confident and happy, following our example.
What advice does the poet give about the past and the future? Mention and explain the biblical references in the extract above.
It happens because people are never happy with what they have got — they are always waiting for a better time which never comes. Only then will he be able to confidently work and achieve great heights. Answer : Yes, the poet is right in saying that life is a very precious gift and we must make the most out of it.
The world is compared to a battlefield because the chain of adversities and troubles wage a battle against our existence and try to destroy us. In order to brighten it, we should continue to achieve great heights and strive towards perfection.
Act-act in the living Present!