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A Psalm of Life
Transcript of A Psalm of Life
througout the poem Tone A American Poet and Educator Written by Henry Longsfellow by Alyssa Loffredo and A Psalm of Life 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 are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.
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 sand of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solenm 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. After reading the poem... attended Bowdoin College
when he was only 14
graduated fourth out of a class of 38
Nathanial Hawthorne was his classmate
him and Nathanial became friends
and colleagues after graduation, toured and studied in Europe for three years
became a professor of Modern languages at Bowdoin
earned a professorship at Harvard his first wife was Mary Potter
died in 1835
second wife was Fanny Appleton- great love of his life
died of burns from an accident in1861 born in 1807
Longfellow created myths and stories about the historical events of America
reminded Americans of their roots
influenced America's artistic and popular culture
we still use quotes from his poems, such as "footprints in the samd"
1882 A Psalm of Life was written in the 1830's
Longfellow was inspired by a lecture by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
wrote it the day after having a heartfelt conversation with a fellow Harvard professor-Cornellius Conway Felton
first published in The Knickerbocker- literary magazine of New York City
a few years later he wrote a poem that he called a "Second Psalm of Life"
The title means advice that
should be followed in life The poem will tell
how to live life "correctly' The poem will also inculde religous allusions "Psalm" is a book in the bible We have the same views and interpretation of the title. The poem was giving a
way to properly live life. Optimistic Connotation Life is real! Life is earnest! Simile Still achieving, still pursuing "like dumb,
driven cattle" Didactic Act,-- act in the living Present! People who follow the crowd
and let others control them Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate Promising "like muffled
drums" But to act, that each to-morrow comparing the beats of our hearts to drums at our funeral marches no matter how
brave our hearts are,
we will all die Allusion "footprints in the sand" allusion to a bible story that Jesus carries a man though the sand during hard times also represents
you have on
the world "God overhead" religous reference to God God is always looking
over you and
there for you
God will help you Metaphor Life and
a dream compares life to an "empty dream" means that life has no purpose speaker negates this life has a purpose life and
battle field comparing life to a battle field life has many challenges and fights life is not easy, it is tough Sound Devices End Rhyme- the same pattern used for this stanza is used for the entire poem alliteration alliteration and assonance assonance consonance alliteration consonance alliteration alliteration consoncance assonance alliteration
alliteration consonance A Psalm of Life Symbols Grave represents death Life's "brother" represents all of the
hopeless people in the world Theme Live life to it's fullest. Our destiny is to improve our lives each day. Be a leader. Live in the present Make your mark on the world. Work hard and be patient. Illustration of "footprints
in the sand" Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime Serious Sailing o'er life's solemn main, Funeral marches to the grave. B A B B A B A Numbers Dream Slumbers Seem There are no shifts. Trochaic Tetrameter by Alyssa Loffredo and Sabrina Araullo Tetrameter- Consists of four trochees A long, or stressed syllable, followed by a short unstressed one. TELL me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! -- "The Biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Life Story." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of Poems and Poets.. Poetry Search Engine. Web. 12 Jan. 2012. <http://www.poemhunter.com/henry-wadsworth-longfellow/biography/>.
"Longfellow Biography." Dawn Lesley Stewart. Web. 12 Jan. 2012. <http://dlstewart.com/longfellow/LongfellowBio.htm>. Works Cited