what is the theme of the poem friends and flatterers-
Every one that flatters thee
Is no friend in misery.
Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find:

Every man will be thy friend
Whilst thou hast wherewith to spend;
But if store of crowns be scant,
No man will supply thy want.

If that one be prodigal,
Bountiful they will him call,
And with such-like flattering,
'Pity but he were a king;'

If he be addict to vice,
Quickly him they will entice;
If to women he be bent,
They have at commandement:

But if Fortune once do frown,
Then farewell his great renown
They that fawn'd on him before
Use his company no more.

He that is thy friend indeed,
He will help thee in thy need:
If thou sorrow, he will weep;
If thou wake, he cannot sleep;

Thus of every grief in heart
He with thee doth bear a part.
These are certain signs to know
Faithful friend from flattering foe.

Dear student,

Here is the answer:

The poem " Friends and Flatterers is written by William Shakespeare. It tells us that our true friends are not those who praise and flatter us. Our true friends are those people who help us when we are in need. When we are in sorrow they would weep with us. When we are awake due to tension and stress our true friend would be the one who would not sleep and would care for us. 

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Dear Student,

The poem ' Friends and Flatterers ' written by William Shakespeare tells us that our true friends are not those who praise us in good times but those who help us in times of need. According to the poet, a person who flatters you is not necessarily your friend.

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Priya Agrawal.
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