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Analysis and comments on A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 52 of 182, added on April 20th, 2006 at 1:54 PM.

This poem is a very spectacular and very touching poem. It will grab your
attention so rapidly and have you in tears by the time you finish. I
encourage anybody to read this poem.

ben ben from United States
Comment 51 of 182, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 10:45 AM.

My 98 year old Mother recites parts of this poem frequently. It is
something she learned in school that she did for a program. She doesn't
always remember what she did yesterday but she always remembers this poem.
I was thrilled when my daughter found it on the internet.

Bonnie Snow from United States
Comment 50 of 182, added on March 30th, 2006 at 4:17 PM.

my boyfriend showed me this poem...we are kinda in a difficult time...hes
going away to college in a few months maybe and ive been so worried about
what will happen to us and he showed me this today and it has made me
realize that i dont need to get in the dumps about it...i need to live life
day by day and take it as it comes...and know that when he is gone...its
not so much that he is gone its what he has left behind that has made all
the difference and that will determine how far in life together we will
go...this poem has really opened my eyes...i think everyone should read
it...very much an eye opener!

sarah from United States
Comment 49 of 182, added on March 20th, 2006 at 9:44 AM.

I ready this poem and admittedly believe much is wasted on me --- but it is
beautiful and carries much meaning to me. To me it says, it is not the
birth or death of a person that really matter, it is what you do with the
time between the two events. It tells us to find our own path, to be an
individual, to seek life and live it to the fullest. This poem is very
spiritual to me and fits with anyone's particular belief.

Vinita Sawyer from United States
Comment 48 of 182, added on March 14th, 2006 at 3:38 PM.

I am writing an analytical essay on this poem. I have come to understand
that what you see is not always what you get in a poem. I do love this poem
and wish to learn more. If you can give me any insight on what you think it
might mean please e-mail me danygrl87@aol.com thank you and I hope you
all take this poem to heart...i think it has a beautiful meaning.

Danielle from United States
Comment 47 of 182, added on February 15th, 2006 at 1:49 PM.

This is a love peom. H Longfellow writes about life filled with love for
others, have a optomistic view of life, hope and courage to leave this
world a better place for our children.
Read and memorized this poem in 6th grade and my teacher painstakenly
explained /paraphased it for us. Never forgot it.

stephanie from United States
Comment 46 of 182, added on January 16th, 2006 at 1:43 PM.

Does this poem sound hollow to anyone else? I find it so. Though it seems
like it's trying to be inspiring, it doesn't give a satisfactory reason to
be 'up and doing'. I've memorized this poem line for line and tried very
hard to find a reason to life's 'why' in it. What is life's goal if it
isn't the grave? This poem leaves the answer obscure. What good does it
do to not be 'like dumb driven cattle'? And what really is the point of
helping a 'forlorn and shipwrecked sailor'? Personally I believe the
reason this poem is uninspiring is because it leaves God out of the
picture.

artist123 from United States
Comment 45 of 182, added on January 9th, 2006 at 10:05 PM.

My daughter had to find a poem by a famous poet to memorize for her 8th
grade literature class, and I suggested that she find a poem by Longfellow
since we are from Maine. This is a great poem for a young person to know
and to appreciate, it is an inspiration for me as well. "Be not like
driven Cattle..."

Jennifer from United States
Comment 44 of 182, added on January 9th, 2006 at 11:00 AM.

this poem is inspiring and touching. i am studing this poem for a class
prolect and i have yet to understand the meaning

charlee from United States
Comment 43 of 182, added on December 30th, 2005 at 12:32 AM.

As a matter of fact, I memorised this beautiful poem by Longfellow when I
was 14 (36 years ago to be exact). I must admit that I do forget some lines
here and there but thank you, with modern technology we could now access to
informative sites like this one. This is one poem that I was searching to
share with my 3 wonderful children. A must read poem.

Francis H from Malaysia

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: 3. A Psalm of Life
Volume: Voices of the Night
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Oct 5 2000


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