Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Portland, Maine
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Portland, Maine
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Loss And Gain

Rating: 3.3
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
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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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Savita Tyagi 10 August 2016
Even those idle days somehow prepare us internally for what we want to achieve. Very thoughtful poem.
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Barry Middleton 10 August 2016
It's always darkest just before the dawn. I guess!
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Rajnish Manga 10 August 2016
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.
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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. 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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