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

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Comment 24 of 184, 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 184, 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 184, 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 184, 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 184, 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 184, 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 184, 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
Comment 17 of 184, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:37 PM.

In the poem it said that, "Art is long and time is fleeting." I think
this means that life is long and life goes quickly. What this means in my
life is that I remember when I road my first bike when I was about 4 or 5
years old . It seemed like if it was just yesterday. In the poem it said
that time goes fast.

Jesus Garcia from United States
Comment 16 of 184, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:48 PM.

I think this poem is very good and it relates to me by,
"Art is long and time is fleeting," This means life is long
but life goes by quickly.

Edmundo alatorre from United States
Comment 15 of 184, added on January 6th, 2005 at 12:38 PM.

I thought this poem is good, great, awsome,ect. I like how Mr.
Longfellow thinks or used to think . How he tells us that life is
meaningless if we don't do anything. I think people should read it and read
it to their younger kids so that they can think about it.The quote I Iike
best is "Trust no future,how e,er pleasant! Let the dead past burry its
dead! Act-act in the living present! Heart within,and God o'erhead!" I like
it because it's telling us to worry about today and not about past.To just
think of what are your goals for today and not tommorrow, and thats how I
think. That's what I tell my sister.

Maria Peralta 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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