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Analysis and comments on THE ARROW AND THE SONG by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 26 of 376, added on December 17th, 2010 at 8:46 AM.
the menaing

. In the poem the first line has the arrow which represents friendship,
because like friendship can fly in a distance. The second line is saying
that arrow is symbolizing it has been forgotten from sight. The last two
lines in the first stanza indicates that things can change in a blink of an
eye, because if you really do blink you could literally miss the flight of
the arrow. In the first line of the second stanza it signifies the song as
a memory or a dream, like a song others will learn them. The second line of
the first and second stanza both say “it fell to earth, I knew not where”
means that you do not know where life is going to take you and that you may
have consequences. In the last stanza the poem uses, “oak” and I think
they use this because it represents someone’s soul because your soul is
strong and so is an oak tree. On the second line in the last stanza it says
“I found the arrow still unbroken” symbolizes that they found there friend
(from the first stanza) and they are still friend no matter what
disagreement they get into. Lastly, it says “I found again in the heart
of a friend” which means to me that they are friends again.

lauren from United States
Comment 25 of 376, added on June 10th, 2010 at 5:04 PM.
Ever favoriete poem

Sinds I was in a 4th grade elementary school up to this day, I LOVE this
poem EVER. I remember my teacher demonstrate every single words to make it
LIVE of LIFE .... I thank Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for inspiring children
with all his POEMs ...Your name printed deeply in my MIND ...

Lycor from Netherlands
Comment 24 of 376, added on April 1st, 2010 at 4:02 PM.
Wiseacre

Third line: I lose more damn arrows that way

Brian from United States
Comment 23 of 376, added on January 4th, 2010 at 5:25 AM.
Unchanging friendship

It gives softness throughout, as if written by female poet. In his last
stanza, I found again in a heart of a friend.

CHOONG IL PARK from New Zealand
Comment 22 of 376, added on January 3rd, 2010 at 7:24 AM.

At first I thought it was a poem about someone who sows what he cannot reap
-- it touched the heart of the teacher in me.

But the singer reaped what he'd sown -- and I realized this could well be a
hymn to matrimony!

The leap of faith the couple takes at the altar is realized long, long
afterward.

What is it doing in my kids' poetry book?

The kids are the fruit of that faith, hope and love at the altar, so it is
somehow very appropriate to be in one of their books.

Whimsy
Comment 21 of 376, added on January 3rd, 2010 at 7:24 AM.

At first I thought it was a poem about someone who sows what he cannot reap
-- it touched the heart of the teacher in me.

But the singer reaped what he'd sown -- and I realized this could well be a
hymn to matrimony!

The leap of faith the couple takes at the altar is realized long, long
afterward.... See More

What is it doing in my kids' poetry book?

The kids are the fruit of that faith, hope and love at the altar, so it is
somehow very appropriate to be in one of their books.

Whimsy
Comment 20 of 376, added on December 9th, 2009 at 4:36 PM.

i have to do this poem for my english techer. i had to get it memorized. it
has a great moral to it

billy from United States
Comment 19 of 376, added on October 21st, 2008 at 11:45 AM.

I learned this poem when I was in primary school and now at 75 yr of age,
it comes to my mind friendship has no boundary or specific destinations. It
is for and to all.

Henry from Canada
Comment 18 of 376, added on March 13th, 2008 at 5:27 AM.

in this poem,,, i've got moral lessons,,eventhough i could hurt people(we
are not perfectly made).thus, it just only reminding us people that WE!
should be careful what we say and what we do!Sometimes our patience could
be gone!!!But here in poem shows that there is forgiveness if we have
mistaken...If you have some of angryness in our heart just let go! Just say
to God He'll take the fight and win it for you!!! HAVE A BLESSED DAY!

vincent from Philippines
Comment 17 of 376, added on December 17th, 2007 at 11:58 AM.

would like the words to the poem hiawatha

janis hunter from United Kingdom

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: 18. THE ARROW AND THE SONG
Volume: The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Sep 11 2004


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