In the poem, “The Brook” the poet compares the life the brook with that of the man. He says that the brook originates from a place that is frequently visited by water birds like coot and hern. In its initial stages, the brook rushes down the hills and valley chattering energetically. The poet compares this stage to a man at his young age when he is energetic and fresh.
The poet uses the words like "chatter", "bubble", "babble" etc. to highlight the playful child-like attitude of the brook. Both, the human life and the brook, encounter and overcome obstacles, make a perilous journey in order to reach their ultimate destination. The brook goes down to join the river and the human beings see the end of the circle of his life.
Further, the poet mentions that the brook crosses twenty smaill villages, a little town, fifty bridges and large number of hills and valleys. carrying fishes, flowers, weeds, pebbles on its way to his destination. The human life is also in a similar way. The brook is full of fishes like graylings, trout, which is an indication of life inside it. Here the poet compares to the human body that carries life inside it.
In the final stages of its journey, the brook slows down. The poet uses the words like "steal", "slide", "murmur", "loiter", "linger" etc.. The human life also in its last stage shows similar signs. Men may take birth and die. But the brook flows for ever.and its existence is eternal.