A Psalm Of Life By Henry Wadsworth Essay

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A Psalm of Life: In his immortal poem, "A Psalm of life," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow presents his truth on the subject of life. He presents life, to his reader, as something real and not imaginary. Also it does not end at the grave. Many people see life as something temporal, but he sees life as something spiritual. Not everyone might agree with what the poet writes, but there is some measure of truth in his philosophy. The questions have often been asked how does one leave his mark on the world, what brings purpose to life, and if there is any way to overcome death of the physical body and how. These will be answered below. How does one leave his mark on the world? By first living a life that is exemplary. In the 13th line of the poem, the poet states that "Art is long, and Time is fleeting"(23). Time is running out and no matter how strong or brave our hearts are, we are still bound to the grave. This may seem disheartening, but the author is dealing with the matter of utilizing our lives with such practicality and bluntness, it may seem as though there is no way to leave a mark on the world. In the second stanza of the poem the author says that the grave is not the end goal for us. So in lines 23 and 24 he gives us hope . "Act, act in the living present! / Heart within, and God o 'erhead!" (23-24). Leave behind us the past experiences and difficulties that we might have experienced and move forward by being heroic figures in our battles with life. Leaving a mark on…

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