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Analysis and comments on THE ARSENAL AT SPRINGFIELD by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Comment 5 of 5, added on July 18th, 2014 at 10:34 PM.

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Comment 4 of 5, added on February 10th, 2012 at 3:32 PM.

M1MMXL Extremely easy by words but in reality´┐Ż, a lot of things don`t
correspond. Not everything is so rosy..!!

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Comment 3 of 5, added on January 28th, 2011 at 8:49 PM.
Arsenal at Springfield

Longfellow is often dismissed by modern poets and critics as being too
didactic and sometimes too simplistic; however, no one can question his
technical skill. This poem could be a textbook example (and indeed I have
used it so) of the effective application of various sound devices in
poetry, especially onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance and consonance.
Also he displays a masterful choice of diction that combines the sounds of
words with vivid connotations and apt allusions. Furthermore, he varies the
meter as well as any poet I know to throw the emphasis automatically to the
most important words. Technically, this is a miniature masterpiece. As far
as the idea of the poem is concerned, perhaps his solution to the problem
of war is a bit too idealistic, but then we have never really tried it.

Leonard Wilson from United States
Comment 2 of 5, added on September 9th, 2005 at 9:36 AM.

I have recently visited the Springfield Armory Museum in Springfield, Mass.
and saw a display of the civil war rifles on end in a case looking very
similar to a church organ. In front of the display was the poem by
Longfellow, The Arsenal at Springfield. So one can still see the
inspiration for part of this poem.

RUTH MORLEY from United States
Comment 1 of 5, added on November 9th, 2004 at 8:47 AM.

I have a book and its a young girls diary and has a lot of poems written in
it and plants sewed in the pages and the rough draf is alittle different

MIchael from United States

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Volume: The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems
Added: Feb 1 2004
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