On Sonnet 29 ?
by GEORGE SANTAYANA

1. What does the opening line of the poem mean?
2. Who is being addressed by the poet?
3. Why does the poet consider the faiths of old his daily bread?
4. What makes the persona happy?
5. How do you view the persona’s circumstance?

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SONNET 29 GEORGE SANTAYANA
(1863-1952) 
 What riches have you that you deem me poor, Or what large comfort that you call me sad?
Tell me what makes you so exceeding glad: Is your earth happy or your heaven sure?
I hope for heaven, since the stars endure And bring such tidings as our fathers had.
I know no deeper doubt to make me mad, I need no brighter love to keep me pure.  
To me the faiths of old are daily bread; I bless their hope, I bless their will to save,
And my deep heart still meaneth what they said. It makes me happy that the soul is brave,
 And, being so much kinsman to the dead,
 I walk contented to the peopled grave. 

  1.What does the opening line of the poem mean?
There are better things than becoming rich. The pursuit of riches is based on a faulty premise. It is based on the incorrect rationale that the presence of money is always good—that it always brings benefit into our lives. This is not always the case.

2. Who is being addressed by the poet?
 The poet addresses the poem to wealthy people who consider wealth as an indispensable thing and use them to overrule poor people.

3. Why does the poet consider the faiths of old his daily bread?

Faiths of old means important constituent elements of the teachings of the old. The poet consider these teachings as daily bread because these are real-life situations that pertains  to biblical scripture which help  gain a deeper understanding of the bible.

4. What makes the persona happy?
 The old teachings from his elders make him happy because he gained a better understanding on the things that  can give people true happiness.

5. How do you view the persona’s circumstance?
He will die contented and happy.  




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