Why does the speaker say ‘life is not an empty dream’ in the poem ‘A Psalm of Life’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?
Or, Do you think life is an empty dream?
According to the poet, life is not an empty dream because it is real and earnest. The poet holds an optimistic view of life and does not think that grave is the ultimate goal of this life. Though our body dies, the soul remains immortal. Moreover, in this life we can achieve many things and inspire others with our success. A lot of responsibilities have been assigned to us and we must utilize our time in fulfilling those. Wasting time sitting idly and singing sorrowful songs is not the way to go. We should take this life seriously and learn to labour and wait patiently for the rewards. Here, of course, the speaker’s view is understandable and realistic enough. So, we support this view of life.