Loss And Gain Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Loss And Gain

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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.

Loss And Gain
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Edward Kofi Louis 10 August 2016

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

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Gajanan Mishra 10 August 2016

defeat may be victory in disguise

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 10 August 2016

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 10 August 2016

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

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Madhabi Banerjee 10 August 2016

excellent piece of work

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why are poets always so depressed

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Amar Agarwala 10 August 2016

Longfellow's has woven magic with the myriad simplicity of life!

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Marieta Maglas 10 August 2016

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.

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Susan Williams 10 August 2016

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.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 10 August 2016

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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