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

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Comment 13 of 173, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:40 PM.

In the poem "A Psalm Of Life" it says, "trust no future how'er
pleasant!/Let the past bury its dead!" This means live for the present. I
can relate to this very well beacause a lot of bad things have happened to
me, but I let the past live in the past and I live for the present and the

Jerrall Whitehead
Comment 12 of 173, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:44 PM.

A Psalm of Life
"Trust no future, howe'er pleasant! Let the dead past bury it's
dead!" We read this in English class at Washington High School in Los
Angeles. I actually think it's an ok poem. To me the poems is saying how
you should always look foward to the future but that doesn't mean it's
going to be a good one. But you shouldn't spend you life in the past or
else it'll pass you by,instead live it int he present.

Jason Anthony from United States
Comment 11 of 173, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:35 PM.

This poem actually makes a lot of sense. It describes the way we
should all be living. The poem tells you to live in the moment and not
the past. That's actually good advice because you should never worry about
something you did in the past and just live your life in the moment. It's
better than torturing yourself about a mistake you made in the past.

Jonathan from United States
Comment 10 of 173, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:39 PM.

In this poem "A Psalm in Life" I found this quote to be quite moving:
"Life is long but time is moving quickly." It means that life is long but
it passes by very quickly and by the time you decide to do anything about
it, its almost over.

Justin Sanders from United States
Comment 9 of 173, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:34 PM.

Like all of my classmates, I read A Psalm of Life. "Lives of great men all
remind us we can make our lives sublime." This reminds me of Francisco
"Pancho" Villa, a great man, especially for Mexico, and like the majority
messages from the poem, he lived his life to the fullest because he knew
that life is not meaningless. Francisco "Pancho" Villa is some one I look
up to, and I hope that one day some one will look up to me the way I look
up to him.

Samuel Salgado from United States
Comment 8 of 173, added on December 17th, 2004 at 1:52 PM.

We had this poem for studying as a part of our curriculum in India. Since
then it has been my favorite. Have quoted few verses of these off and on..
Is a wonderful poem to read and think during one of the poignant moments.
Gave back my mental peace.. Somehow relives the zest for life in me..Will
always be my favorite..specially the footprints verse.

Sonali from United States
Comment 7 of 173, added on December 8th, 2004 at 6:39 PM.

I have used the second verse of this poem--Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.--at funerals, numerous times, since I was
ordained a minister of the United Church of Canada in 1953. Thanks

The Rev. Lindsay G. King from Canada
Comment 6 of 173, added on December 2nd, 2004 at 4:03 AM.

Four poetic works, which I memorized as guide and inspiration to happy,
creative living.
--The Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-16), King James Version I rewrote in poetic
spacing. The punch line is verse
16, "Let your light shine before men . . ."
--"If" by Rudyard Kipling.
--"The Chambered Nautilus" by Oliver Wendel Holmes.
--"A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
I don't know any other short poetic works that inspire me more to live
An 80 yr. old vet of WW II

Mas Odoi from United States
Comment 5 of 173, added on November 22nd, 2004 at 10:16 AM.

this is the poem which can change the way we live,
the lines which leave an ever ending impression on us ,
is "trust no future however plesant,
---------god over head.
want very one to follow that

mansi from India
Comment 4 of 173, added on November 18th, 2004 at 1:52 AM.

Like many of my contemporaries who attended high school in the 40's and
50's, I was required to memorize many poems. A Psalm of Life was one of
those. At the time, I did not fuly appreciate the poem - what teen age boy
did - but in later years came to thoroghly enjoy reciting it to anyone who
might be interested in hearing it. It is my hope that we all can leave
"footprints on the sands of Time" that will in some small way, help another
human being find his/her way through life.

Bill Statum 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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