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The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls

The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Susana Gabriela Garza

on 13 May 2010

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The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown
The traveler hastens toward the town,
And the tide rises, the tide falls. Darkness settles on roofs and walls,
But the sea, the sea in darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands
Efface the footprints in the sands,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.
The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls
Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;
The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveler to the shore.
And the tide rises, the tide falls. What does each part say about
the passage of time? Each part of the poem says that time
moves on regardless of anything,
it's inevitable. What does "Efface the footprints in the sands"
suggest that happened to the traveler? This part is about what happens after death.
The footprints being washed away by the waves
symbolizes that you may be forgotten after death. What does the third part say to us? Symbolizes that life continues even though you are not there to see it How does the meter of the poem sound like the
rising and falling movement of the tides? The rhythm of a poem is usually repeated,
the same thing again and again. It's meant to
be read at a specific pattern, the same happens
to the waves, the same crashing to the shore
again and again. Is this poem about a specific traveler
or can it be seen as a drama in
everyone's life? It can be seen as a drama in everyone's life
since we all have the same life cycle or pathway. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, on Feb. 27, 1807, of an established New England family. He attended Portland Academy and then Bowdoin College, graduating in 1825. He was an excellent student whose skill in languages led the trustees at Bowdoin (of which his father was one) to offer the young graduate a professorship of modern languages. He prepared himself further with study abroad (at his own expense) before undertaking his duties. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=81397 for more poems on mortality http://www.bbc.co.uk/poetryseason/poems/mortality.shtml http://www.new-age-spirituality.com/selfhelp/mort.html Prezi
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