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The Psalm Of Life Analysis



Author: Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Type: Poetry Views: 1721

Voices of the Night1839What the heart of the young man said to the psalmist

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,

Life is but an empty dream!--

For the soul is dead that slumbers,

And things are not what they seem.Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not its goal;

Dust thou art, to dust returnest,

Was not spoken of the soul.Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

Is our destined end or way;

But to act, that each to-morrow

Find us farther than to-day.Art is long, and Time is fleeting,

And our hearts, though stout and brave,

Still, like muffled drums, are beating

Funeral marches to the grave.In the world's broad field of battle,

In the bivouac of Life,

Be not like dumb, driven cattle!

Be a hero in the strife!Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!

Let the dead Past bury its dead!

Act,--act in the living present!

Heart within, and God o'erhead!Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o'er life's solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing, shall take heart again.Let us, then, be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait.






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thank you for the analysis. it helped me in the test

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


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the poem shows how blessed are we to have life, so we should be brave in facing life's trials..
as long as our hearts keeps in beating and as long as we have God within ourselves..
- KTEN -

| Posted on 2010-06-28 | by a guest


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the poem shows how blessed are we to have life, so we should be brave in facing life's trials..
as long as our hearts keeps in beating and as long as we have God within ourselves..
- KTEN -

| Posted on 2010-06-28 | by a guest


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"Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,"
what is time? in what way is it fleeting
time is the defined period of our life on this earth.and that time is running out.
Art is long"....means there is lots and lots to do,to learn, to achieve, to contribute..
but life is short and its continously moving forward, thus getting shorter(time is fleeting).

| Posted on 2010-02-18 | by a guest


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It strikes me when he says life is but an empty dream, for he is refering to life does not end when you die and there is something to live for. And he also refers to not to put something off till tomorrow because your are not guaranteed that day. This poem attracts my attention because i find that i belive alot of what it says and hold true to it.

| Posted on 2009-10-14 | by a guest


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Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
what is time? in what way is it fleeting

| Posted on 2009-09-13 | by a guest


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Was not spoken of the soul.Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

| Posted on 2008-10-15 | by a guest




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