What will counting upto twelve and keeping still help us achieve?
The poet is emphasizing on the importance of taking a pause from our busy lives and to introspect within ourselves. He wants us to realize the impact of our deeds and be happy on our achievements.
Do you think the poet advocates total inactivity and death?
No, the poet says in the lines-
“What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.”
It is clear from these lines that he does not advocate total inactivity or death.
What is the ‘sadness’ that the poet refers to in the poem?
The ‘sadness’ referred by the poet is the disappointment which engulfs our lives despite the fact that we are busy in completing our tasks for our survival. This is so because we are ruining our lives by our deeds. We are doing such works of destruction that we are digging our own graves of sadness.
What symbol from Nature does the poet invoke to say that there can be life under apparent stillness?
The poet uses the Earth as a symbol to depict that even when every creation of nature on the Earth becomes still, it is living beneath that stillness and after some time, once again becomes lively.