Poetry And Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Essay

1014 Words Jan 16th, 2015 5 Pages
During the Romanticism period, the Fireside Poets ruled the literary world and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow happened to be one of them. Longfellow penned poems such as: A Psalm Of Life, Song Of Hiawatha; The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls; and A Tale Of Evangeline. All of these poems contributed to Longfellow becoming the literary genius he is today. A Psalm of Life strives to look at the human attitude towards life and death. One of the greatest verses of the poem lies in the words:
“Lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime
And departing leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.”
This one stanza points out to whoever is reading it that all of mankind should take the men who have come before as an example that not everyone is forgotten after their life on Earth has ended. It should be everyone’s goal to strive to be like them and leave their mark on not only others, but the world. Longfellow believes that living isn’t the only thing that humans are put on Earth for. Even though it is everyone’s goal to get into Heaven at the end, they should also live generous and productive lives as well. Longfellow begins with the line “Tell me not in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream!”. H.W. Longfellow also states that he does not want to speak to those who feel that their life is only spent on Earth and that there is nothing waiting for you after death. Longfellow also specifies that things may not be as they seem and he also declares that life is real…

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