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    Lightbulb difficult poem

    Thank you for your replies. I have another poem
    How happy is he born or taught
    That serveth not anotherís will,
    Whose armour is his honest thought,
    And simple truth his utmost skill!
    Whose passions not his masters are,
    Whose soul is still prepared for death;
    United unto the world with care
    Of public fame or private breath;
    Who envies none whom chance doth raise
    Nor vice; who never understood
    How deepest wounds are given with praise;
    Nor rules of state, but rules of good:
    This poem about happy man concludes like this and having nothing, yet hath all.
    I got an unclear picture of happy man but some lines are difficult to me.
    1. First two lines, he is taught that not to serve according to the will of others. Is it correct? 2. What do lines 7 and 8 mean? 3. I could not follow lines 9 and 10 .please clear it me. And at last I think lines 11 and 12 means he accepts his deepest grieves and wounds with praise and considers them as for goodness not because of his fate. He doesnít believe in destiny. Here am I correct? Pls clear my all doubts soon.

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    Re: difficult poem

    1- Yes
    2- They care both for public and private opinions
    3- Does not feel envious of those who are successful
    4- Understands that the kindest words can do the most harm


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    Re: difficult poem

    Nor vice; who never understood

    Nor rules of state, but rules of good:
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    Thanks a lot. But still I have some difficulties with these lines.
    i. he doesn,t envies any kind of evil whom he never understand. is it right?give me your suggestion.
    2. what are rules of state and rules of good? what is meant by state here?when i looked in dictionary i cannot find out a meaning matching to this occation. pls clear it more pls... it is really undigested

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    Re: difficult poem

    Rules of state would be the rules of government, which often are not morally driven. here the person favours morality over the expediency of the rules of a state.
    By not envying vice, I think the poet means that he is no temtped or attracted by it.

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