Longfellow's poem Paul Revere's Ride begins with the speaker saying, "hardly a man is now alive/Who remembers that famous day and year," implying that the speaker is older and wiser because the poem was written much later in 1860, and anyone who remembered Paul Revere or the Revolutionary War would have...
This existence is genuine and sincere because it is not only a stepping stone to paradise. Longfellow's goal in composing the poem is to inspire us to live our lives as vigorously and boldly as possible. He doesn't want us to ruminate on the past or be concerned about the future. Instead, he wants us to enjoy today by making the most of every opportunity.
Life is real because we experience it directly rather than inferring its nature from some idea or concept. We know what reality is because we interact with our environment directly through our five senses; therefore all knowledge comes through experience. If you read about red colors, they do not become red to you; instead, they appear black. If someone tells you that blue skies are beautiful, you don't believe them unless you see for yourself. All this information comes directly from your senses so there is no way for you to truly know what reality is like unless you actually experience it.
Life is also real because it has depth and dimension. Even though you can't feel pain if you have no nerve endings, that doesn't mean it isn't real. The more you learn about physics the more you realize that nothing is absolutely solid nor is everything made of gas. At the subatomic level, particles are waves which means that they have both particle and wave properties at the same time. This dual nature of matter is why scientists believe that something must be causing these particles to act this way.
Longfellow wrote the poem in reaction to the notion, expressed frequently in the Psalms of the Bible, that this life is meaningless and that men should focus solely on the afterlife. To claim that "things are not as they appear" is essentially to call into doubt the message of the Psalms and to assert that there is hope for life. Indeed, Longfellow concludes by saying that even though humanity must die, its death can be useful if we learn anything from it.
Things aren't what they seem. The world will soon be filled with tears. Human beings are very fragile. Even though we may appear invincible, we're not. None of us will live forever. But some will live longer than others. Some will suffer more than others. Some people will lose all hope while others find it everywhere they look.
Life is uncertain. Death is inevitable. Accept these two facts and you'll survive whatever comes your way.
The only thing we can be sure of is change. One moment you're alive, the next you're dead. One day you're healthy, the next you're sick. One hour you have everything, the next you have nothing. This life is like a river: flowing but always moving on. When you go through a river on a horse you will usually get wet. That's why horses are used for crossing rivers.
This life is also full of surprises. Some things are obvious in reality but not in appearance.
This is a statement that is frequently ascribed to Napoleon. This suggests that while fame or success are fleeting, forgetting someone is permanent. In summary, people only remember your nice acts for a brief period of time. Once they're forgotten, they're gone for good.
"The Man Who Was Almost a Man," set in the rural South, contains some good old-fashioned country living. On the one side, there is Casa Saunders, a humble home, and on the other, there is Hawkins' ritzy plantation mansion, a statement of his riches and an unnerving reminder of slavery's heritage. Within this framework, "Almost a Man" tells the story of Jonas, the son of poor farmers, who is raised by a wealthy family after their own son dies at a young age. Humble himself, Jonas aspires to be a doctor, but first he must learn how to read and write. When a local school opens its doors to him, Jonas decides to attend classes regularly, even though he is almost a man and can fight for himself.
Now, here's where things get interesting. She asks her brother if she can have a copy of the book, which contains all the topics about medicine that Jonas will need to know to pass his examination. Her brother agrees, so now Jonas has something else to focus on besides farming: studying medicine. Meanwhile, back at the plantation, Hawkins realizes that Jonas is talented at math and science, so he arranges for him to go to Baltimore to study under the best doctors in the country.
A parallel is established at the opening of the poem between the speaker's journeying with the "lonely" distant motions of a solitary cloud. Because clouds cannot be lonely, we have another example of personification. A personified thing or idea has a name that describes its nature or role within the story.
Lines 2-4: The cloud is described as having no companion, which implies it is wandering alone. This shows that even though it is one thing, it has the appearance of being many things - hence the comparison to a shadow. Shadows are invisible objects that appear on something visible - in this case, a surface such as a wall or a tree. They are made up of small particles that travel along with anything visible - in this case, the cloud. If there were no particles in the air, there would be nothing dark where there was light; if there were no light, there would be no shadows.
Lines 5-8: The cloud is also said to be drifting without goal or purpose. This shows that it is free from any kind of constraint - whether it be physical or psychological. It is able to move about by itself without any direction or guidance from someone or something else.
Lines 9-12: Finally, the cloud is compared to a person. Like a person, it has thoughts and feelings.
Summary: William Shakespeare's poem "When, in shame with fortune and men's sight" is one of several dedicated to the anonymous "Fair Youth." The poem determines the speaker's state of despair. He laments his situation, his fate, and the disparity between himself and other lucky guys. There are many lines that can be interpreted as references to real-life people, but only one that has been conclusively identified as such: "O what more fair than a fair maid, / When seen without an eye!"
The sonnet sequence was originally written for a young man named Fair Youth. The poet addresses him by name in Sonnets 1 and 2 and then refers to him occasionally as "he" or "his" in the others. Young Love appears to have been a friend of the poet who lived near him in London; perhaps he sent him the poems to read over dinner or while walking home from work each day. The friendship may even have turned into something more, but we will never know because Young Love died before they could ever become lovers. Sonnet 130 says they were so much in love that "my heart beats for him alone".
Shakespeare wrote several poems about this young man, all called "Sonnets". They are not really sonnets at all, but instead are short poems of 14 lines with three quatrains per page. However, they do follow the ABABCDCDEFA pattern found in most sonnets.