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

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Comment 39 of 189, added on September 30th, 2005 at 5:41 PM.

I was introduced to Longfellow (not in person, but in poetry) by a friend
of mine and I am so thankful! I've memorized this poem and repeat it to
myself often. It's beautiful and optimistic and motivating! Definitely
worth passing onto friends!

Angela from United States
Comment 38 of 189, added on September 26th, 2005 at 12:43 PM.

this certainly a beatiful poem someday i will memorize by heart (not
quickly since english isnt my mother tongue) and recite to some stranger
passing by

im very intersted in parody and what we call, at least here in brazil,
antropofagism, making an intertextuality between authors.

hereīs one of psalm of Life:


i want to know more english/american antropofagism, if you got more texts
e-mail me the original and the "parody"īs title.

Diogo Kobayashi from Brazil
Comment 37 of 189, added on September 12th, 2005 at 12:26 AM.

A Psalm of Life is one of the most beautiful poem i've ever read!It
inspires me to go on with my miserable life... Thanks Longfelow!

Gards from Philippines
Comment 36 of 189, added on September 11th, 2005 at 4:42 PM.

I cry very very lots when i am reading dis poem. I cry like a little school
girl whose boyfriend dumped her a prom. I also love to sit in de bath with
candels burning and a ice cold bottle of grey goose and drink and read my
sorrows away. Herny Longfellow was a close personal friend of my african
american egyptian scottish polish mexican family. (we are mostly called the
scum and "mutts" of the human races. We love henry and all he must stand
for and we raise are solo cups to dat. So henry ain't no holla back girl!!

Auntie Joan from Azerbaijan
Comment 35 of 189, added on August 30th, 2005 at 7:44 PM.

I am a (young) grandmother and I never heard of this poem before last
Sunday! I have a calendar with quotes in it and Sunday's quote included the
last lines of this poem. "Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for
any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait. I
liked it. I had heard of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, but not any part of
this poem. I decided that the poem had a lot to say about doing, but it
seemed to lack purpose. So I added my own lines to his. My version sounds
like this:
Let us, then, be up and doing, serving God alone,
With a heart for any fate; for He is on the throne!
Still achieving, still pursuing, His glory world renowned,
Learn to labor and to wait, for we are heaven bound!
(for those who trust in Jesus Christ and His redeeming sacrifice) It was
yesterday I decided to get on the internet and see if I could find the
poem. I enjoyed the rest of it...it sounds like he may have been a believer

Darlene Schumacher from United States
Comment 34 of 189, added on August 27th, 2005 at 1:57 PM.

i need the lines"miles and miles to go before i sleep"where is this located
in longfellow poetry?tks

cliff dunnegan from United States
Comment 33 of 189, added on August 24th, 2005 at 11:25 AM.

I shall be thankful if somebody paraphrase the poem A PSALM OF LIFE for
me. Please send the paraphrase to me on my

Rubina Shah from India
Comment 32 of 189, added on August 9th, 2005 at 6:09 AM.

A Psalm of Life is one of the most impressive poems giving the message of
'love for life'. The beauty of the poem lies in the simple fact that it
teaches us to dream and prepares us to pay the price to make our dream come
true.Hence, love your life, love your dream as well as love your dear ones

Dr. A. K. Saxena from India
Comment 31 of 189, added on July 21st, 2005 at 5:56 PM.

When I first read this poem I felt inspired to do as the poem said, i.e.
live life to the fullest. Upon the second reading I wondered, "Who is the
young man?"; "Who is the psalmist?" In the Bible King David is known as
the psalmist (read Psalms) and his son Solomon lived his life to the
fullest. His experience is related in the the book of Ecclesiastes. I
wonder if Longfellow had him in mind when he wrote this poem. The poem has
youthful vigor but is somewhat naive. This is a young Solomon, energetic
and optimistic; taking life on his own terms and eager to live it. He
begins the poem by dismissing the wisdom that he might have received from
the psalmist. Can "empty dream" simply be another way of saying "vanity"?
Poetry is so rich. Longfellow was quite the artist...layers of meaning.

Maureen from United States
Comment 30 of 189, added on June 11th, 2005 at 12:13 PM.

This poem is from Longfellow's inmost heart.It gave me deep reflection
about my life,about what i want......If you also interesting in it please
send me e-mail.


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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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