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Arrow and the Song, The Analysis



Author: Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Type: Poetry Views: 566





I shot an arrow into the air,

It fell to earth, I knew not where;

For, so swiftly it flew, the sight

Could not follow it in its flight.



I breathed a song into the air,

It fell to earth, I knew not where;

For who has sight so keen and strong,

That it can follow the flight of song?



Long, long afterward, in an oak

I found the arrow, still unbroke;

And the song, from beginning to end,

I found again in the heart of a friend.








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I feel like the poem is about love.
The person is almost mimicking the actions of Cupid; 'shooting an arrow' which may mean giving out his heart freely to the person he's in love with and the song he sings is the words of love he twists for the other person. Then when the arrow is found 'unbroke', it means the person he loves loves him back and is singing the song back to him.

| Posted on 2014-05-30 | by a guest


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arrow stands for harsh things and songs for softness like memories or pain.who has a sight so keen and strong...that it can follow the flight of a song.
the arrow unbroke _harsh attacks too are intact...so are the songs and sweet memories that we share with the friends. arrow and the song..what wonderful juxtaposition.it touches you as many times you read it.

| Posted on 2014-03-15 | by a guest


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I think the poem represents life. When we put things out there in the world we never know where we will come across it again,who may be blessed by it, whether it will find a way of coming back and blessing us. This is a beautiful poem and it reminds me that although things may be tough you never knows what is around the corner waiting to make you smile.

| Posted on 2013-08-17 | by a guest


.: :.

This poem has a symmetry between the concrete and the abstract. The Arrow is concrete. It is out of sight and out of mind - yet it exists and eventually comes back. Similarly, our actions and words - though gone and forgotten have a lasting effect on life around us - and will eventually come back to reward us or to punish us.

| Posted on 2013-04-15 | by a guest


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I would interpret this poem as the arrow being harsh cruel words, while the song is calming and grateful words. You would find the friendship and love with the song. As many have said, poems can have many different meanings depending on the mood, and person.

| Posted on 2013-04-02 | by a guest


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I feel like this poem can hold multiple meanings, depending on how the reader sees its interpretation. It can be about a friendship,which after so long, never broke. it could be about love, the arrows of cupid landing in what turned out to be a friend. It could be about one\'s actions/deeds, the arrow being the wrong deeds and the song being the praises.

| Posted on 2012-11-10 | by a guest


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I feel like this poem can hold multiple meanings, depending on how the reader sees its interpretation. It can be about a friendship,which after so long, never broke. it could be about love, the arrows of cupid landing in what turned out to be a friend. It could be about one\'s actions/deeds, the arrow being the wrong deeds and the song being the praises.

| Posted on 2012-11-10 | by a guest


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I feel like this poem can hold multiple meanings, depending on how the reader sees its interpretation. It can be about a friendship,which after so long, never broke. it could be about love, the arrows of cupid landing in what turned out to be a friend. It could be about one\'s actions/deeds, the arrow being the wrong deeds and the song being the praises.

| Posted on 2012-11-10 | by a guest


.: :.

I feel like this poem can hold multiple meanings, depending on how the reader sees its interpretation. It can be about a friendship,which after so long, never broke. it could be about love, the arrows of cupid landing in what turned out to be a friend. It could be about one\'s actions/deeds, the arrow being the wrong deeds and the song being the praises.

| Posted on 2012-11-10 | by a guest


.: :.

This poem seems to be written for his friend yearning earlier days of friendship. When one miss the greeting or other reasons, could misunderstand other party and then separated without passing his true mind. The one feels sorry about losing the opportunity as the song from beginning to end. As the symbol of warrior, the arrow was there with the oak and the song followed the arrow. If the friend is a president, the camp might have it or them together. Ordinary would be the intimate one. - Childhood,I read the poem but I did not know the poet. One that I was not sure was that \"in a herat\" or \"in the heart\".

| Posted on 2012-11-08 | by a guest


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This is a love poem. The arrow represents cupids arrow, or the search for love. Of course, if not used properly an arrow can also cause great harm. Cupids arrow however, is different because it is always in search of it\'s victim, which is love. However, when the author was young, like most young people, he/she without thinking of the consequences and may I dare say without much aim or thought into the actual destination of this randomly shot arrow hoped it would find a perfect landing. He/she just shot this love arrow into the air without knowing the consequences accompanied by a song; oh to be young and in search of random young love! The author searched but did not find the mark for many years. Is this surprising with so little attention to aim? Many years later, the author found to his/her surprise, a perfect strike with cupids arrow. It, Love, was found unbroken and the love song (romance) intact from beginning to end in a strong oak, representing a strong unmovable person, and more perfectly in his/her best friend. Now, read the poem again and reflect on all the silly relationships of your youth and ask yourself, \"what the hell was I thinking\"? Now, weren\'t you really in search of that uncompromising love (unbroken arrow) with all the romance (the love song from beginning to end) with your BEST FRIEND\"? I hope your arrow finds it\'s perfect mark. Let me know what you thing of my interpretation.

| Posted on 2012-08-11 | by a guest


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RAYMOND Z
I see the poem as your actions. The arrow represents an insult or a bad deed. The song represents praise, or something nice. In the end, the arrow/bad deed is not broken in the oak because if you hurt a friend, then the hurtfulness will last. The song, however, ends up in the heart of a friend. This symbolizes you truly have influenced your friend in a good, friendly way. Lines 3 and 4 show the unpredictability of both situations. Although both are forgotten by the sender, the receiver remembers. Overall, this poem expresses the results of ones actions

| Posted on 2012-03-24 | by a guest


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I think that the arrow is harsh or cruel words, and you never know where they will lead. The song is kind and encouraging words and you don\'t know where those will lead either. They could lead to a new friend

| Posted on 2011-12-12 | by a guest


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.. Love it it Inspire me .. And this is my report To ma School ^_^

| Posted on 2011-10-01 | by a guest


.: :.

This poem is about the choices we make in life, and where we are taken, and take ourselves. It is regardless of the good or bad, you make it there one way or another, or not at all. Finding the arrow and song signifies recollecting the past, reminiscing on old times.

| Posted on 2011-08-26 | by a guest


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I think this means that we all have times where we make bad and good choices. I think the poem is saying that making the right choices with lead us to postive feedback for example and new friend. But if we take the bad choices it that they will stick with us throughout the years, but just to remind us to make good choices.

| Posted on 2010-12-12 | by a guest


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The poem The Arrow and the Song was written by the famous poet Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). Henry lived in the romantic era long with
composers Berlioz and Schumann. The romantic era was a period of brilliant
masterpieces centered mainly of peace, love and symbolism. The Arrow and
the Song was one of his greatest works and its meaning continues to today
with the arrangement for choir by Marilyn Lightfoot.
In the first line of the first stanza, the word arrow represents a
friendship because like arrows, friendships can fly a far distance. The
second line of the first stanza, “It fell to earth, I knew not where;”
signifies that what the arrow symbolizes has been forgotten or lost from
sight. The last two lines in the first stanza signify that things can
change in a blink of an eye because if you blink you can literally miss the
flight of an arrow.
The word song in the first line of the second stanza can represent many
things. It can represent memories, dreams or rumors because if any of these
things are spoken aloud, like a song, others will learn of them. I also
noticed that the first two stanzas were very similar to each other and that
lead me to believe that the arrow and the song both symbolize the same
things. Also the second line of the first and second stanzas, “It fell to
earth, I knew not where” represents that you can have no idea of where
certain things may end up and they may bear unexpected consequences. The
last two lines of stanza two confirm this. It also represents that a small
act of kindness can convince a person to do an act of kindness to another
and so on and so forth.
In the first sentence of the last stanza, I believe they choose the word
oak because oaks are solid, strong and in this poem are used to symbolize a
person’s soul. Also in the second sentence of the first stanza, “I found
the arrow still unbroke;” signifies that they found that the friend from
the first stanza was still their friend, no matter what disagreement they
may have had. Finally, the last two lines of the third stanza states “And
the song, from beginning to end/I found again in the heart of a friend.”
These lines imply that seeing or talking to a friend can revitalize hopes,
goals, and dreams.
The title also supports my theory. Since an arrow is intended to be
harmful, this may be the reason that the friendship was “killed”. Also,
since songs are meant to be meaningful, pure and beautiful, this can easily
represent memories, dreams or goals, since they are meant to be meaningful,
pure and beautiful.

| Posted on 2010-11-05 | by a guest


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I think this poem can teach us all things.
It may not tell you what it means right away but after you read it you understand what hes (the author) trying to tell you. And what it is, is that bad and good things happen, to have good there has to be bad. Nothings perfect. The arrow means bad and the song means good.
- flutra ugzmaili.

| Posted on 2010-07-25 | by a guest


.: :.

I think this poem can teach us all things.
It may not tell you what it means right away but after you read it you understand what hes trying to tell you. and what it is, is that bad and good things happen, to have good there has to be bad. nothings perfect. like the arrow is the bad and the song is good, whichever way you put it is right.

| Posted on 2010-07-25 | by a guest


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This poem is about the good and bad things we do in our lives, although we lose track of them. The arrow represents bad and the song represents good. Although its impossible to keep track of all of your deeds, many will come back to you. The bad deed pierced the recipient, represented by the oak, marking it, and still whole. The good deed was found in the heart of a friend, and is remembered entirely as well. This may mean that a close friend has held it in their heart, or that the good deed has resulted in a new friend. Both can transcend time, and although forgotten by the sender, remembered by the receiver.

| Posted on 2009-05-29 | by a guest


.: gigi t. salvador :.

This poem is about the bad things and the good things we do which we do not realize affect people in a postive as well as negative way. The author realized that these "things" can survive the passage of time.

| Posted on 2008-02-13 | by a guest


.: GIGI T. SALVADOR :.

This poem is about the bad things and the good things we do which we do not realize affect people in a postive as well as negative way. The author realized that these "things" can survive the passage of time.

| Posted on 2008-01-19 | by a guest




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