Explain the meaning of ‘forlorn and shipwrecked brother’ in the poem ‘A Psalm of Life’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The speaker in the poem ‘A Psalm of Life’ compares this life to a vast sea. Our ‘forlorn and shipwrecked brother’ refers to the person who finds it difficult to cross this sea of life. Many people are dejected due to their failure in achieving something. They feel like their ship is wrecked in the sea of life. The speaker is talking about those people here. He thinks that they need some inspiration and motivation to get back on their feet and start the journey again. And only the examples set the successful people who have already crossed this sea of life can give them that inspiration.
The forlorn and shipwrecked brother in Psalm of life means that a person who is disturbed or lost in the sea of life . He/She gets demotivated but if we do noble deeds and enumlate examples for him then we can not only inspire him but aslo motivate him to do something worthful in life and bring a great outcome in his life. By this we can make our lives sublime and help others to come out of the difficulties by setting good examples for them.