What is a psalm? What does Longfellow mean by ‘a psalm of life’? What type of poem is ‘A Psalm of Life’?
A ‘psalm’ is a religious or sacred song.
A psalm of life is a song of life, a song to glorify life with its immense potential or possibilities.
The poem is a didactic poem. It gives us instructions on how to live this life. In other words, it teaches us the way of ideal living.