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Analysis and comments on My life has been the poem by Henry David Thoreau

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Comment 12 of 92, added on July 2nd, 2005 at 11:39 AM.

nice poem give warmth to heart

anjum faraz from India
Comment 11 of 92, added on June 24th, 2005 at 7:55 AM.

Take the Life that you have and give it your best...
Think positive, be happy let God do the rest...
Take the challenges that life has laid at your feet...
Take pride and be thankful for each one you meet...
To yourself give forgiveness if you stumble and fall...
Take each day that is dealt you and give it your all...
Take the love that you're given and return it with care...
Have faith that when needed it will always be there...
Take time to find the beauty in the things that you see...
Take life's simple pleasures let them set your heart free...
The idea here is simply to even the score...
As you are met and faced with Life's Tug of War

athotshimrah from India
Comment 10 of 92, added on April 7th, 2005 at 3:18 PM.

love it so much

trevor S from United States
Comment 9 of 92, added on April 5th, 2005 at 7:27 PM.

what ever moron said this poem has deep meaning needs to read edger allen
poes (raven

justin from United States
Comment 8 of 92, added on April 5th, 2005 at 12:46 AM.

Is this poem a chilling admission of having failed to live? Or is it a wry
conceit on writer's detachment from experiential truth, and a self-parody?

He seems to be saying: I couldn't live truth and write it at once. What
kind of partial truth can only be used in one way? surely truth is a
multipupose principle, not a single-use tool? So I would wager the poet
ironically celebrates the limits of language, and humbly declares his true
achievement of having become an intellectual rather than a spiritual seeker
for truth. But the rare candor that shines forth, from this most slippery
of American poets, affords a sense of relief and liberation as Thoreau
surrenders to the truth. The form of the poem, incidentally, is of an
epigraph, which is usually placed on a grave or in an announcement of

Paul Bard from Australia
Comment 7 of 92, added on March 31st, 2005 at 4:39 AM.


NEERU from India
Comment 6 of 92, added on March 30th, 2005 at 11:46 AM.

i hate to beat the dog to his death, but i agree with all it short; very
short, but such truth needs no paragraph just a line or two. I at first
hated HDT's work; infact i still hate alot of his poems, but i seriously
enjoyed this one. For the three seconds it took to read, but three awsome
sec's at that.. ^_^ lol

Comment 5 of 92, added on March 28th, 2005 at 3:42 AM.

brief but can strike you straight to the heart.....the meaning is all
there...great piece of work.....short yet meaningful...

lheanne from Philippines
Comment 4 of 92, added on January 27th, 2005 at 7:43 PM.

HDT hit the nail on the head with one concise blow. Many writers seem to
view life from afar, like passive observers letting time tick in front of
them but never getting their own grasp of the action. As GK Chesterton said
in "Orthodoxy", "Every act of will is an act of self-limitation. To desire
action is to desire limitation. In that sense, every act is an act of
self-sacrifice. When you choose something, you reject everything else." The
law of trade-offs.

Ryan G. from Philippines
Comment 3 of 92, added on January 25th, 2005 at 5:43 AM.

Brief yet brilliant. Not easily forgotten because it strikes you directly
and deeply.

Phoebe L. from Philippines

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Poet: Henry David Thoreau
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