Appreciation of the poem – Money

Money’ is a reflective poem written by W.H. Davies. He was a Welsh poet, known as the ‘Tramp poet’.  Through this poem, the Poet has showcased his self-experienced philosophy about money and personal happiness.

The poem consists of five stanzas of four lines each. It has a simple narrative style. Alliteration, Antithesis, Inversion, Simile, Onomatopoeia and Repetition are the figure of speech used in this poem. The poet has made use of vivid imagery. For example, ‘wives hum, like bees’ or ‘came knocking all day at my door’ and ‘Then felt I like a child that holds / A trumpet that he must not blow’, these lines effectively present the visuals. The rhyme scheme of the first four stanzas is abcb and of the last stanza is abab.

The theme of the poem is the dual aspect of money. A rich man has many false friends and he lacks true happiness. Whereas a poor man has few friends who are true and real. Thus, he is enriched with goodness and happiness.

The message of the poem is that to experience true joy and happiness one need not be rich and wealthy. It is not necessary for the poor to become rich as necessary it is for the rich to become poor. One can actually enjoy true happiness when one becomes poor.

I like this poem because it reveals the real worth of money. It also clarifies the false and fake beliefs about the rich and the poor. Understanding the real worth of people, true happiness and value of money in an early age is actually a blessing. This poem  certainly teaches a valuable life-lesson to all.


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