Summary of the poem

The poem ‘Have you earned your tomorrow?’ begins with two direct questions. The poet asks the readers if they have made someone’s day better and had nice conversation with other people so that they can remember them. The poet hints that time is running fast.  He asks if their good conduct with someone has made the other person say kind things about them, at the end of the day.

In the II stanza the poet further asks the readers if a friend who came face to face was greeted cheerfully or impolitely without bothering to show any concern. He wishes to know if the readers were selfish as they rushed through the day. This behavior is disapproved by the poet. He asks to recall whether the readers comforted someone & if the person was grateful to them for that gesture.

In the III stanza, the poet asks the readers if they were kind, at least to one single person whom they met that day. At least one person was given joy, made happy because of their actions and deeds. He wishes to know, whether any hopeless man was encouraged to lead a better future.

In the last stanza, the poet wishes to know how the entire day was spent. If the day was wasted or lost and spent unhappily without improving the lives of others. He wishes the readers to reflect upon their negative actions. If there was kindness shown to others, definitely it will urge these people to repeat the action to others. This will begin in creating a kindness chain, a kindness cycle throughout the world.

In the end, the poet asks the readers to recall by closing their eyes while sleeping and thinking about God’s reaction to their actions for the day. If the day was spent in doing kind deeds to others, God’s response will be a positive one. They can be assured of a better tomorrow. The good that is done today, definitely earns us our tomorrow. The good work we do today, assures us hopeful future.

Figures of speech –

1] AlliterationConsonant sound repeated in successive words for musical effect.      

– This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through

– Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?

– Did you waste the day or lose it, was it well or sorely spent?

– And then vanish in the throng.


2] Synecdoche – (A part of something that stands for the whole thing)

– Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said;


3] Interrogation – (The question is asked not to obtain an answer but to emphasize a certain point)

– Is anybody happier because you passed his way?

– Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?

– Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

         – Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along?

         – Or a churlish sort of “Howdy” and then vanish in the throng?

         – Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?

         – Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?

         – Did you waste the day or lose it, was it well or sorely spent?

         – Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent?

         – You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?

Rhyme Scheme of the poem is aabb





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