Section: Reasoning Through Language Arts A Mark For Review
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HOW SHOULD WE LIVE OUR LIVES?

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 Life has loveliness to sell—
 All beautiful and splendid things,
 Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
 Climbing fire that sways and sings,
(5)And children’s faces looking up
 Holding wonder like a cup.
  
 Life has loveliness to sell—
 Music like a curve of gold.
 Scent of pine trees in the rain,
(10)Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
 And for your spirit’s still delight,
 Holy thoughts that star the night.
  
 Spend all you have for loveliness,
 Buy it and never count the cost.
(15)For one white singing hour of peace
 Count many a year of strife well lost,
 And for a breath of ecstasy
 Give all you have been or could be.
  
 

—Sara Teasdale



The main idea of the poem is to urge us
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to be cautious in life
to avoid strife
to despise the ugly part of life
to enjoy life’s treasures
not to become involved
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