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

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Comment 49 of 189, 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 189, 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 189, 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 189, 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

artist123 from United States
Comment 45 of 189, 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 189, 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 189, 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
Comment 42 of 189, added on December 1st, 2005 at 12:03 PM.

we are two high school student analyzing this poem for a project and it has
touched us deeply. It is inspirational and should be read by people
everywhere and of all ages. We are very glad we picked this poem. watch

nina and aria from United States
Comment 41 of 189, added on November 27th, 2005 at 9:27 AM.

I read this poem last friday & I feel it's a very powerful poem.After
reading the poem I wondered that we have explored everything from the
depths of the sea to the vast expanse of universe but have we ever tried to
explore our true selves ,& the reason for being here, on this earth .The
poem has really helped me to
know myself better & has made me clear about my aim in life which is
temporary like a vapor.I have learnt, that without caring how far we are
from our goal, we should do our work so that everyday we are a step closer
to our goal.It's worth passing onto my sister!

from India
Comment 40 of 189, added on October 31st, 2005 at 12:38 PM.

hi friends in the school of life, i found this poem a complete theology of
life, i have read two stanza of the poem for more than five year coming
accross it in a book, before i stumbled on the complete poem, it as become
my anthem, i am memorising it line by line precept by precept i want it to
be my guide and my generation cheers. this site is also a wonder it is
great in deed

olukunle from Nigeria

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: 3. A Psalm of Life
Volume: Voices of the Night
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 1086 times
Poem of the Day: Oct 5 2000

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