The Arrow and the Song

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longellow Bio

Henry Wadsworth Longfeloow was born on February 27, 1807, in Portland, Maine. Longfellow became a Harvard scholar versed in several European languages. Henry was heavily influenced by romanticism and made a name as a poet and novelist with works like Hyperion, Evangeline, Poems on Slavery and The Song of Hiawatha. Known for his translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died on March 24, 1882, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Longfellow was a famed 19th century scholar, novelist and poet known for works like Voices of the Night, Evangeline and The Song of Hiawatha.
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The Arrow and the Song

I shot an arrow into the air,

It fell to earth, I knew not where;

For, so swiftly it flew, the sight

Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,

It fell to earth, I knew not where;

For who has sight so keen and strong,

That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak

I found the arrow, still unbroke;

And the song, from beginning to end,

I found again in the heart of a friend.

Pome Meaning

I think this pome's meaning is about how shooting an arrow into the air is like venting your anger whatever it is but no one hears it. But shooting it into the air means you let it go on the outside, not in secrecy, therefore there is always the possibility, if the arrow will represent harsh words, that someone might be hurt when he hears it. Who that someone is, the shooter doesn't know, nor has he the idea that he'd just hurt someone.
A song, like an arrow, is the expression of one's emotions or feelings, whether these are good or bad, singing it out loud allows it to be heard by the whole world, and someone in the world could be greatly affected by it.
I think, in this poem, the friend who sang the song is represented by the oak, who, also struck by the "arrow" and hurt, remains strong, unfelled like an oak who will not be felled by just an arrow, as it would be in nature. The hurt may not be there but the mark was shown by the arrow. And he sings the songs from beginning to end from his heart, not the flight of the arrow that struck him and remained with him since then until the shooter find out who he hurt in the end of the pome.
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"The Arrow and the Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -- 1st line "I shot an arrow into the air"

Pome Theme

The theme and also the message of this pome to me is that, you need to think and watch the words you say. Because whether you know it or not people are always listening and some one's feelings can be hurt. The same goes for all things. The song represents nice and kind words, and how they can bring people happiness without you knowing or it even affecting you. A lesson to always be kind and think about the things you say and do in life.

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