Summary of the poem Laughing rose by WH Davies

William Henry Davies was a Welsh poet. He wrote many wonderful poems. His each and every poem carries great lessons for life. He observes the miseries of human life. And the way human misery is seen reflected the processes of nature. Moreover, he expresses his own experiences which the readers find relatable to them. The significance of Davies' works lies in the lessons which he conveys to us through the objects of nature.

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Introduction to the poem

Like his other poems, in this poem, Davies tells the condition of a laughing rose. By personifying a natural object (rose), he proceeds to depict human condition in everyday life. The poem revolves around the rose's altruistic behavior toward its companions. The interaction between the rose and the poet induces aesthetic effects on the reader. Moreover, it also transmits significant lessons for life. As far as the structure is concerned, the poem contains three stanzas, each made up of four verses. Many themes are infused in the poem which we will talk about.

Summary of the poem W.H Davies

In this poem, the poet imagines himself as April. He thinks as to he would have treated the flower. Here, laughing means the bloomy state of a flower. A state in which a flower blooms and is more beautified by Nature. 

The poet says that if I were gusty April, I would have done harm to the flower. Since the phrase 'gusty April' signifies storms and blows, the poet imagines himself ruining the beauty of the flower with his blows. He talks about the parts of the flower in a very aesthetic way. He adds beauty to the petals by calling them 'ribbons'. The petals of the flower are looking like ribbons. And the way petals are layered by Nature shows that they are knotted like ribbons. 

The poet says that as gusty April, I would have untangled the beautiful knots of the petals. In the following stanza, the poet imagines himself as if he is 'merry April'. He says that if I were so, I would not have ruined the beauty of the flower. Rather I would have showered droplets on its cheeks - 'cheeks' refer to the petals. He says that I would have added to the beauty of the flower. 

I would have beautified it more. In the end, he says that the flower and April are in such a relation that the flower always laughs in the face of April; the flower is always there to smile regardless of how April behaves. The poet talks to himself that if the flower is kind to me, who I am to do any harm to it.

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