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

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Comment 27 of 187, 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 187, 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
Comment 25 of 187, added on January 16th, 2005 at 9:50 PM.

When I was around the age 10, I had read "A Psalm of Life" in a book titled
"What Your Sixth Grader Needs To Know" and at the time, I remember that the
poem helped me see life in a new light. Although I hadn't quite understood
many of the phrases encompassed within the poem at that age, I soon became
aware of the main idea of the poem, which is to live life to the fullest by
the time I was in eight grade since I had to memorize the poem. Even now as
I'm in high school, I still remember each line of the poem and I doubt that
I would ever forget them. Despite having been introduced to the poem in a
sixth grade book, I'm beginning to think that sixth graders in our modern
society are not given the opportunity to enhance their knowledge by reading
such prose poems as "A Psalm of Life" and its disappointing to see many
high school students now not ever hearing about this particular poem during
their years in school. Nevertheless, "A Psalm of Life" is a very moving
poem and hopefully others feel the same way.

Anne Nguyen from United States
Comment 24 of 187, added on January 13th, 2005 at 7:50 PM.

My grandmother awakened me every morning by quoting the final stanza of
this poem. A couple of years after she died, I discovered where it came
from when I was studying American poetry in college. It was a wonderful
message to begin each day, and since then, I've passed on her &
Longfellow's positive outlook when I awakened our children, and now, on
occasion, our grandchildren.

Kathleen Ogden from United States
Comment 23 of 187, added on January 6th, 2005 at 5:09 PM.

The poem Psalm of Life was quoted to me by my late husband when we net and
married in 1960. I am enclosing the poem as a memorial in my write up of my
fifty years of being a graduate of Midway Junior College CLASS OF 1955
WHEN I attend Homecoming onJune 4th and 5th 2005. The poems says volumes of
the life he lived and how he gave to the many people he served in the
insurance businees,

Mary Ann Lunsford Bach from United States
Comment 22 of 187, added on January 6th, 2005 at 1:24 PM.

The poem had a good meaning to it that connected to everyday life. I
agree with most of the things stated in the poem. I think one of the most
important statements in the poem was "Trust no future, how'er pleasant! Let
the dead past bury it's dead! Act-act in the leaving Present! Heart within
and God o'er head!" If you live trying to fix your past, your future will
never be right.

Kandyse from United States
Comment 21 of 187, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:38 PM.

In the poem "A Psalm of Life," it states, "Life is real! Life is
earnest! And the grave is not its goal"... It means that life is precious
and it is never to be wasted. You have to live everyday like its the last
day and you can't waste your life away. I found that interesting because
that's been my way since I can remember. That's what I thrive on. I don't
waste time on foolishness neither do I allow others to waste my time.
That's why I found this poem interesting.

Aaron English from United States
Comment 20 of 187, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:56 PM.

The poem is alright with me because I believe in working hard and not
sitting around and doing nothing and to be your self and work hard.

darryl from United States
Comment 19 of 187, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:36 PM.

I really liked this poem because it talks about how you should live
your life to the fullest. I belive that you should work hard so you can do
or get everything you want to. I liked when he said that you should live
your life in the present and forget about the past. I think that everybody
should live everyday like it was there last.

Leyla Rodriguez from United States
Comment 18 of 187, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:56 PM.

Longfellow gives a great depiction of life and death through his
intense phrases in, "A Psalm of Life". It reveals the wonderful side of
life whether you are living it or striving for it. This poem can be used as
inspration to live life to the fullest and to not to let life pass you by.

Alexandria Williams 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
Viewed: 456 times
Poem of the Day: Oct 5 2000


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