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The Village Blacksmith; God's Acre; A Psalm of Life

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THIS 8 PAGE ARTICLE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE BOOK: Master Thoughts of Master Minds in Poem, Prose and Pencil, by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow. To purchase the entire book, please order ISBN 0766101495.
Paperback, 12 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Kessinger Publishing
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This poem is an optimistic view of the purpose of life. It is indeed a psalm with the rhyme scheme of abab, and the lyrical sound that comes from reading it. It is also a prayer of comfort: "Footsteps, that perhaps another, sailing o'er life's solemn main, a forlorn and shipwreck'd brother, seeing, shall take heart again."

This is a poem that one could live by, as well as one that could be read at a funeral. It is quite a contrast to "Thanatopsis" and it teaches a valuable lesson: that out action
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and "Evangeline". He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five members of the group known as the Fireside Poets.

Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine and studied at Bowdoin College. After spending time in Europe he became a prof
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