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Comment 6 of 376, added on June 28th, 2005 at 4:55 AM.

this poem reminds of the interpersonal relationship. you know, the arrow in
the poem represents something concrete and physical, the shooting of the
arrow results in nothing; while the song has sowed love in other people's
heart, this shows the power of music, it can transcend the limitations of
the realistic world.

Grace from China
Comment 5 of 376, added on May 30th, 2005 at 4:08 PM.

Today when I was thinking about this poem, I tried Google and your site was
the first one to show it. I have a strong feeling about this poem because,
many years ago, when I was listening the records of Linguaphone, an old
english course sold in Brasil those days, I found it and enjoy it very
much. It remember me of my youth days back in the interior land, in the
brasilian state of Minas Gerais, and used to play game with my bow and
arrows that I made. The poem sounds to me like a tender and sweet music.
Since those days, whenever possible, I say the piece, and all people get
touched by its words and sound. Thank you for remembering me such great
moments.

Josť Dativo Marques Moutinho from Brazil
Comment 4 of 376, added on May 9th, 2005 at 4:09 PM.

The Arrow and The Song is a great poem. I had to learn it in high school
and i am now teaching it to my daughter. It is a fabulous poem!!!

Britt from United States
Comment 3 of 376, added on October 30th, 2004 at 12:21 PM.

To M. Deneen Carter,

Thank you for "reinforcing my belief" that people do listen. I work in a
business where people listen superficially, at best, to the lyrics of the
songs. I've read countless music reviews and came to the conclusion that
people don't listen. Not even when they're paid to listen! I was given a
book of poems as a gift and found The Arrow and The Song just when I needed
it. It expressed my feelings perfectly and I began arranging a vocal
version immediately. Longfellow's poem spoke to my feelings of isolation
at the time. It brought to mind messages in bottles and the like. After
recording the song I began to wonder where the song might land. My
question has been answered. Thank you for listening.

Elisa

elisa burchett from United States
Comment 2 of 376, added on October 17th, 2004 at 11:59 PM.

I recently heard a song entitled "The Arrow & The Song", written and
produced by Elisa Burchett and Dmitry Brill(2003); it is a beautiful and
captivating song on a 'chill/lounge' compilation CD mixed by Peter
Rauhofer(2004). I was instantly enamoured with and intrigued by the
metaphors suggested within the lyrics. I read the CD jacket insert further
and realized that the producers of the song gave credit to Longfellow's
poem of the same name. The experience reinforced my belief that many people
are drawn instinctually to certain types of language, as I have long
considered H.W.Longfellow to be one of my favorite poets.
Irony ensued immediately as it then occurred to me that I could not
recall having ever read this particular poem before hearing the song.
Furthermore, the title centers, at least in part, a 'song'.
I understand there are many references to this pair, arrow and song,
throughout many cultures and civilizations of known human history. In
today's everchanging paradigm of quantum mechanics (pardon the pun), I feel
the 'arrow' may represent God's creation of light/the theory of the speed
of light; the 'song' correlating with sound.

M Deneen Carter from United States
Comment 1 of 376, added on September 21st, 2004 at 3:01 PM.

Thanks for the memories. I was telling my daughter about the poem and she
knew nothing about it. She is 34 and they just do not teach the classics
in school any more. What a waste.

Harold Rinacke from United States

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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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