Best poetry on life  Poem “A Psalm Of Life”, the author of this poem is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, he presents us his own view of life and tells us the reality of life

Stanza no: 1
Tell me not; in mournful numbers,
‘life is but in empty dream!”
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Reference to the context
These lines have been taken from the poem, A psalm of life”, written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In this poem, the poet presents his own view of life and tells us the reality of life.

Explanation
In these lines the poet tells us the real objective and view of life. He rejects the view of the psalmist and say not to sing mournful songs about life and this life is an empty dream. He says the soul of a person is dead that sleeps and his life is no value. We should not consider the things what they look like.

Paraphrase:  
Do not tell me in a sorrowful song that life is an empty dream which has no result. Only that soul is dead which is in a deep sleep. The things are not real as they look life.

Stanza2:
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal ( a person’s ambition or effort; an aim);
“Dust (fine, powdered substance cover lightly) thou art, to dust return est,”
Was not spoken of the soul.

Reference to the context
These lines have been taken from the poem, A psalm of life”, written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In this poem, that the poet tells / presents his own view of life and tell us the reality of life.

Explanation
In these lines the poet presents his own view of life. He considers life a real and very serious thing. Death is not the real aim of life, but in fact it’s apart of our life. We all have been made of dust. But as the soul is concerned, it never dies.

Paraphrase:  
Life is a real and serious thing. Death is not its ultimate aim. You are made of dust and will return to dust but our soul never dies.

Stanza3:
Not enjoyment (the state or process of taking pleasure in something), and not sorrow (feel or display deep distress),
Is our destined end or way?
But to act (take action; do something), that each tomorrow
Finds us farther (by a greater distance) than today.

Reference to the context
These lines have been taken from the poet Longfellow’s poem, A psalm of life”. The poet tells / presents his own view of life and tells us the reality of life.

Explanation
In these lines the poet says that life is neither sorrow nor joy and we should not care about these things. It is not our destination or path to be followed. But this is the action which makes our today useful and beneficial than tomorrow. The real aim of our life is to make our future better.

Paraphrase
Life is not mere sorrows and joys. It is not our destination or path to be followed. We should act in a manner that every coming day find us far away from today.

Stanza4:
Art is long, and time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums (To wrap up, as in a blanket or shawl), are beating
Funeral (typically involving burial or cremation) marches to the grave.

Reference to the context
These lines have been taken from the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, A psalm of life”. The poet tells / presents his own view of life and tells us the reality of life.

Explanation
In these lines the poet says that knowledge and skill ways are very long and hard but the time is passing very fast. We have very strong and brave hearts but the beating of our hearts is very low. Just like the funeral going towards the grave.

Paraphrase:  
To gain knowledge and skill has a lengthy process but the time for it is very short. Our hearts are strong and brave but they are continuously beating like covered drums. Just like funeral on its way to the grave (used as an allusive term for death).

Stanza5:
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb (stupid), driven (operated, moved) cattle!
Be a hero (outstanding achievements, or noble qualities) in the strife!

Reference to the context
These lines have been taken from the poet Longfellow’s poem, A psalm of life”. The poet presents / tells his own view of life and tells us the reality of life.

Explanation
In these lines the poet says that this world is just like a battlefield and one has to suffer many hardships. We should have the courage to overcome these difficulties. In the struggle of life we should not remain silent like driven cattle. We should be active and positive like heroes.

Paraphrase:  
World is just like a battlefield. In temporary camp of life, you should not act like dumb driven cattle. But make struggle and prove yourself just like heroes.

Stanza 6:
Trust no Future, however pleasant!
Let the dead past bury its dead!

Act (take action; do something), act in the living (alive) Present!
Heart with in, and God o’er head!

Reference to the context
These lines have been taken from the poet Longfellow’s poem, A psalm of life”. The poet tells / presents that his own view of life and tell us the reality of life.

Explanation
In these lines the poet says that we should not trust our future, however, it might be pleasant. We should not look back at our past and go ahead with firm determination. We should keep our present before us and act sincerely. We also should keep in mind that our heart is hidden in our body but Almighty God is observing our deeds.

Paraphrase:  
Never trust your future however it might be pleasant. Let to forget the past and bury it. You should be in action in the present life and work with sincerity. Keep in mind that your heart is hidden but Almighty God is observing from the sky.

Stanza 7:
Lives of great (an extent, amount) men all remind (cause (someone) to remember) us
We can make our lives sublime (grandeur or beauty),
And, depart in, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Reference to the context
These lines have been taken from the poet Longfellow’s poem, A psalm of life”. The poet presents / says his own view of life and tells us the reality of life.

Explanation
In these lines the poet says that the lives and deed of all the great men reminds us that we can also make our lives noble. When we leave this world out footprints would serve guideline for the coming generation. This is the only way through which we can become immortal.

Paraphrase:  
The lives and achievements of great men teach us that we can also do great work and become noble. When we die we can leave signs of our deeds as a guideline for coming generation.

Stanza 8:
Footprints, that perhaps (express uncertainty or possibility) another,
Sailing (action of sailing in a ship or boat) o’er life’s solemn main.
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Reference to the context
These lines have been taken from the poet Longfellow’s poem, A psalm of life”. The poet says / presents about his own view of life and tells us the reality of life.

Explanation
In these lines the poet says these footprints would serve a bridge for one who is in great trouble in the deep ocean of life. And for the one who is disappointed from his life in this might get encouragement and take a bold step by using these footprints.

Paraphrase:  
Those footprints might be helpful for the people who are crossing the ocean of life. And those desperate fellows might gain courage to take bold step.

Stanza 9:
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart of any fate;
Still achieving, still purchasing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

Reference to the context
These lines have been taken from the poet Longfellow’s poem, a psalm of life”. The poet says / presents about his own view of life and tells us the reality of life.

Explanation
In these lines the poet asks to stand up and act accordingly. We have to achieve something in our lives with the heart to accept any result or fortune. We should learn hard work and pursue with struggles. We should then wait for the good reward.

Paraphrase:  
Let us take the step and act again. Still achieving and still working with the heart whatever the result comes. We should work hard and wait for the reward.