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

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Comment 35 of 185, 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
too...

Darlene Schumacher from United States
Comment 34 of 185, 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 185, 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
email-----rubinashah@gmail.com-----thanks.
bye

Rubina Shah from India
Comment 32 of 185, 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
ardently.

Dr. A. K. Saxena from India
Comment 31 of 185, 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 185, 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.

leo
Comment 29 of 185, added on April 23rd, 2005 at 3:46 PM.

I love this poem!! =) It inspires you to live your very best...but not
without a reason!
"Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul."
God has given man a reason for living...and it is found clearly in the
Bible.
Longfellow understood this! He was an exceptional writer.

Jodi Heavner from United States
Comment 28 of 185, added on April 19th, 2005 at 8:52 AM.

i very well think that i would love this poem if i could understand it!!!

Leann Reagan from United States
Comment 27 of 185, added on March 9th, 2005 at 5:03 AM.

I had never red a poem like this on my entire life. This poem has given me
more ideas and suggestions on how to live a meaningful life.I hope everyone
would read this poem because this is one of the best I ever read.

Rosano Zapanta from Philippines
Comment 26 of 185, added on February 6th, 2005 at 2:42 PM.

Wow!! Talk about an inspirational poem. It just makes me want to get up and
dance. It's awesome! Longfellow was full of talent.


Lani Hold from United States

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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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