Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Volume: The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems
Comment 6 of 6, added on August 27th, 2011 at 1:38 AM.
I elfin dislike fcken hate this poem. I say this poem is full of shit I swear what the fuck is this. Fuck the author and the poeme
Sung eun kim from Korea, South
Comment 5 of 6, added on December 1st, 2009 at 8:50 PM.
I love this poem, although I did interpret it a little differently. I believe that the poem begins with Longfellow discussing his failures to accomplish his dreams (that could very well be writing more poetry), but instead of mourning a lover I believe that he finds these dreams lost because he focuses so much on his failure, and his death. When he speaks of the city beneath him he simply sees his past and the vast hopes he had for it. When he looks up the hill he sees a "waterfall of Death", representing that he feels his life is almost over, and he has accomplished nothing. He sees a past haunted by death and no future to speak of.
Alison Rose from United States
Comment 4 of 6, added on October 1st, 2008 at 11:08 AM.
I'm a High School junior, and got this poem as an assignment recently. What I understood from the poem is Longfellow regrets not having written as many poems as he wished. And with the death of his beloved he grows sorrowful and his inspiration declines as his sense of mortality grows stronger. He looks back on his life, but as time goes by he's aware that he himself is on his walk straight into Death's cataract.
from United States
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