Read the poem and answer the questions.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you loose them all,-
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

Now answer these questions.
Q1. Write the rhyme scheme of the first stanza.
Q2. Write examples of personification used in the poem.
Q3. Find an example of alliteration in the poem.
Q4. Do you think the poet wants us to be happy and not be sorowful? Give reasons for your answer.


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2. i. the world laughs with you ii. the hills will answer
3. i.  large and lordly train ii. one by one
4. Yes, the poet wants us to be happy. He says that we must remain happy to make friends. Sorrow breeds solitude and nothing else.  

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