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

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Comment 46 of 206, 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 206, 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 206, 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 206, 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 206, 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 206, 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 206, 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
Comment 39 of 206, 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 206, 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 206, 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

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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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