The Vanity of Human Wishes is a poem of 368 lines, written in closed heroic couplets. Johnson loosely adapts Juvenal’s original satire to demonstrate “the complete inability of the world and of worldly life to offer genuine or permanent satisfaction.”
The opening lines announce the universal scope of the poem, as well as its central theme that “the antidote to vain human wishes is non-vain spiritual wishes”:
Let Observation with extensive View,
Survey Mankind from China to Peru;
Remark each anxious Toil, each eager Strife,
And watch the busy scenes of crouded Life;
Then say how Hope and Fear, Desire and Hate,
O’erspread with Snares the clouded Maze of Fate,
Where Wav’ring Man, betray’d by vent’rous Pride,
To tread the dreary Paths without a Guide;
As treach’rous Phantoms in the Mist delude,
Shuns fancied Ills, or chases airy Good.
Later, Johnson describes the life of a scholar:
Should Beauty blunt on fops her fatal dart,
Nor claim the triumph of a letter’d heart;
Should no Disease thy torpid veins invade,
Nor Melancholy’s phantoms haunt thy Shade;
Yet hope not Life from Grief or Danger free,
Nor think the doom of Man revrs’d for thee:
Deign on the passing world to turn thine eyes,
And pause awhile from Letters, to be wise;
There mark what ills the Scholar’s life assail,
Toil, envy, Want, the Patron and the Jayl.
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An small Introduction of Samuel Johnson-Samuel Johnson by name Dr. Johnson(born September 18,1709,LichField,Staffordshire,England-died December 13,1784 London) English critic,biographer,essayist,poet and lexiographer,regarded as one of greatest figure of 18th century life and letters.
MY HEART ADMIRES AND SALUTE THAT GREATEST WRITER-SAMUEL JOHNSON.
His most famous quotes are here—–*
That home where Samuel Johnson had taken birth.
The cover of his book”VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES”
“Reading him means being wise as you like”❤
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