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This poem is a part of the long poem “Froth and Bubble” by Adam Lindsay Gordon. It tells us about how uncertain and temporary life is, but also teaches us how we can make the most of it. We must work hard and be kind, and always have courage amidst all the uncertainty of life. The rhyme scheme of the poem is ababcdcd.
Question not, but live and labour Till your goal be won, Helping every feeble neighbour, Seeking help from none; Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.
The poet says that we should not question the things that are happening in our life, but live and labour, or work hard, until we reach our goal. We must help every feeble neighbour, or anyone around us who is weak. We must also seek help from none, and be self-sufficient instead. The poet says that life is mostly froth and bubble. This means that life is temporary and uncertain, just like froth and bubbles are. However, two things stand like stone, or are constant in our life. These are kindness in another’s trouble, and courage in our own. So, we must be kind to anyone who is in trouble, and be brave when we are in trouble ourselves.
Life is uncertain, but we should always help others and be brave ourselves. We must work hard till we reach our aim.