Life should not be treated lightly. The sixth quatrain speaks on how one must regard the past and future. It makes me feel as though I am standing along the coast and staring at the ocean while the waves curl in and fade away, leaving remnants of the tracks that were here before me. He says that Art, which is the only nourishment for the soul is endless and our Time on Earth is too limited. Be a hero in the strife! The speaker does not see, nor does he want to understand the world in that way. In the second half of the quatrain, and for the majority of the poem hereafter, the speaker is attempting to fight back against the idea that life can be broken down into flat, emotionless, numerics.
The fourth stanza of the poem A Psalm of Life is about our responsibilities in this life, about the work assigned to us. Family Friend Poems has made every effort to respect copyright laws with respect to the poems posted here. All other content on this website is Copyright © 2006 - 2019 Family Friend Poems. This poem tells how to live life happily without giving up to any of difficulty that can come across your way. He does not have faith in those who hold the pessimistic view of life. The noble deeds which we leave behind should be such that an unhappy and shipwrecked man, sailing over the sea of life, would be confident and take courage, following our example.
That person can find the examples set by us, and can gain courage and hope to move forward. For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. The poet is caught up in the first person point of view, where he is honestly advising the reader. Here, the idea from the first stanza, that life is not an empty dream is being re-iterated. Each stanza also has recurrent rhythm scheme. Simply fulfilling dreams and making dreams to come true is only choice that anybody can have.
He advises people to seize the moments they have before them and act while thinking about their present situations. No doubt Psalm 91 was originally a psalm prescribed for public worship. The setting is not very well described and is not important in this poem. This poem by is one of my most inspiring poems. Act,— act in the living Present! An Edwin Arlington Robinson Encyclopedia.
Our purpose is not to be reactive and driven by somebody else but to play an active role in this battle and be the hero. I had rather live a while on bread and water. The second stanza continues with the same belief in afterlife that is present in the first. The final lines of the poem echo the beginning ones and offer perhaps the most important advice in a poem that is chocked full of it. What the poet means is that he understands that the world is destined to throw obstacles towards our way and camped on this battlefield of a world, our average lives are no less than a war against all the hardships and struggles. To him this life is full of possibilities, as we can achieve higher goals by making the full use of our time and by working hard, and of course, by keeping faith in the power and potential of life.
He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses. He wrote it after getting inspiration from a lecture he completed on a German writer known as Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. Longfellow encourages all to work and try their hardest to make their lives great and accomplish as much as they can. As humans who have been given the gift of life, we must not think of it as a slow wait for Death. So the poet makes it clear that he believes in the existence of the soul after our death. Dust to dust did not refer to the soul just the physical body.
His poetry and narrative works are lyrical with an easy rhythm, making them memorable. A Psalm of Life ----Hurry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is noted as the most popular American poet of the nineteenth century. We are walking towards our grave, says Longfellow. Further, the influence of Goethe was noticeable. After teaching for years at Bowdoin, Longfellow was offered the position of Smith Professor of Modern Languages at Harvard in 1834 and took it up in 1837 after a trip to Europe. The poet used exclamation points, punctuation and other literary devices in getting his message across. Act,— act in the living Present! Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each to-morrow Find us farther than to-day.
This tabernacle was erected to house the Ark of the Covenant, the most. New York: Werner School Book Company, 1899: 106—107. So, the poet urges us to start the work and keep working without having any expectations in our heart and wait patiently until the fruits of our labor realize. 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. And the grave is not its goal.