War imagery in A Psalm of Life and their roles

QuestionsWar imagery in A Psalm of Life and their roles
Anonymous asked 7 years ago

What images of war are present in the poem ‘A Psalm of Life’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow? What effects does such imagery create?

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Staff answered 7 years ago

In the poem, the poet has presented an image of a broad battlefield and an image of a bivouac, a temporary camp for soldiers.

These images have successfully created a strong effect in our minds. The poet wants us to take this life seriously, to win this battle of life like a hero. He wants us to understand that we have come to this temporary camp called ‘life’ just to win it and we have to go back to our real home, that is heaven. The poet has been successful in delivering his message through these images.

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