Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882 / Portland, Maine)

Loss And Gain - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I compare
What I have lost with what I have gained,
What I have missed with what attained,
Little room do I find for pride.

I am aware
How many days have been idly spent;
How like an arrow the good intent
Has fallen short or been turned aside.

But who shall dare
To measure loss and gain in this wise?
Defeat may be victory in disguise;
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.


Comments about Loss And Gain by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Amar Agarwala (8/10/2016 7:25:00 PM)


    Longfellow's has woven magic with the myriad simplicity of life! (Report) Reply

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  • (8/10/2016 3:57:00 PM)


    Every human being is like a drop of water in a moving ocean. Moreover, each inner introspection has a complex meaning to understand this ephemeral evolution in a society containing different people in different periods of time. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (8/10/2016 3:42:00 PM)


    Sometimes we humans can get a little too goal-oriented. When you're pressing onward, upward, you are focused on the goal and what will help you get to the goal. It is better to have - -idle- - time in which we can relax, read, watch a bird troll for a worm, watch our children play tiddly-winks, pray, ..... all those idle activities that fill our souls with good things. There is gain to be had in such things. Love Longfellow. (Report) Reply

  • (8/10/2016 9:17:00 AM)


    Philosophy of life is reflected in following nugget of wisdom:
    Defeat may be victory is disguise;
    The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.
    A great poem. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  • (8/10/2016 9:00:00 AM)


    Even those idle days somehow prepare us internally for what we want to achieve. Very thoughtful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (8/10/2016 7:36:00 AM)


    It's always darkest just before the dawn. I guess! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/10/2016 7:35:00 AM)


    A very thoughtful expression of poet's analyses of what he has attained versus what he has lost in life. This is also an emotional and philosophical presentation of poet's beliefs. Perfect rhyming adds to the joy of reading the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/10/2016 7:19:00 AM)


    When I compare
    What I have lost with what I have gained,
    What I have missed with what attained,
    Little room do I find for pride.
    A great poem with high philosophy!
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  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (8/10/2016 6:40:00 AM)


    we must remain positive, even in the face of failure or defeat. nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (8/10/2016 6:13:00 AM)


    defeat may be victory in disguise (Report) Reply

  • Madhabi Banerjee (8/10/2016 5:34:00 AM)


    excellent. my favourite one (Report) Reply

  • Madhabi Banerjee (8/10/2016 5:32:00 AM)


    excellent piece of work (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/10/2016 12:20:00 AM)


    Little room do i find for pride. With the ride of life! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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