Henry

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Poetry is literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of rhythm. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote romantic poetry that was focused on nature. He is one of the most famous poetic writers that America has ever produced. He lived from 1807 to 1882 which was around the romantic period in America. Henry was born in Portland, Maine which is next to the Atlantic Ocean which influenced his writing. One of his poems was “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls”. The first impression of the title is that it has to do with nature and how the day starts and how the day ends. The literal meaning of the poem is that the tide of the ocean rises and falls, the end of the day is near and the traveler is going to the town. Night starts to fall on the town ending on the sea. The small waves start erasing the footprints on the sand. The day starts again and ends again but with the traveler on the shore. The tide represents the opposite of a man in the way that it can’t die and it is forever young while the man ages and eventually dies. The tide raising and falling represent the progression of life. “The little waves, with their soft, white hands, efface the footprints on the sand” is being used as personification which can symbolize that the person may be forgotten after death. The tone and attitude of the poem are calm and accepting. The poem does not have much of a shift, but in line six it changes and the poem becomes darker. At a second look at the title, it means the progression of a man’s life and death. The theme of a story is the ending in someone’s life, using the ocean to symbolize life and the town as death and how the man going to the town represented the tide beating him and the man losing... ... middle of paper ... ...adsworth Longfellow poem is “The Arrow and the Song.” The title of the poem can mean an arrow doing something to a song. The literal meaning of the song means that the narrator shot an arrow in the air and he lost sight of it because it was a good throw. Then long after he found the arrow and a friend. The arrow represents something negative and the song represents something positive. The narrator uses a metaphor to compare the unbroken arrow that was once shot in the air to the friendship that was still intact like the arrow. The shift comes in line nine were the resolution starts to appear. The poems meaning starts to become noticeable. The attitude and tone of the story are calm, joyful, awe, and inspiring. The title’s meaning is that the arrow is something that happened and the song was the resolution, the happy ending. The theme of the poem was friendship. henry

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