October 6, 2015

Homework Help: English

Posted by Larry on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 3:28pm.

I am analyzing poetry in my English class, and I have a? on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, A Psalm of life. I have to say if it is emotional or physical. I think this poem is emotional, but I do not know how to explain that it is.


This site will give you some ideas on analysis... However, look at the punctuation.Don't tell me that life is nothing more than an empty dream! "Life is real! Life is earnest!" Exclamation points are definitely emotional.
He is saying that the end of living is not your goal, but to LIVE everyday. Sounds pretty "emotional" to me...also a very good idea. Look at the rest of the poet in those terms and I am sure that you will find additional proof.
Hope this helps.

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