Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882 / Portland, Maine)

A Shadow


I said unto myself, if I were dead,
What would befall these children? What would be
Their fate, who now are looking up to me
For help and furtherance? Their lives, I said,
Would be a volume wherein I have read
But the first chapters, and no longer see
To read the rest of their dear history,
So full of beauty and so full of dread.
Be comforted; the world is very old,
And generations pass, as they have passed,
A troop of shadows moving with the sun;
Thousands of times has the old tale been told;
The world belongs to those who come the last,
They will find hope and strength as we have done.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Do you like this poem?
7 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Shadow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow )

Enter the verification code :

  • Walterrean Salley (9/18/2014 3:09:00 AM)

    Their lives, I said,
    Would be a volume wherein I have read
    But the first chapters, and no longer see
    To read the rest of their dear history,
    So full of beauty and so full of dread.

    He certainly had the heart of a father: loving, caring, compassionate. Not like the deadbeats. He wanted to live and see the children grow up. He knew the kids were depending on him for sustenance, etc. He wanted to help them make something good of their life, and not disappoint them in any way as a father. This is such a beautiful, inspirational and heart warming poem. A winner. A gem. Father of the Year! (Report) Reply

  • Poem Lover (4/1/2014 4:02:00 PM)

    ehhhhh not that greeeaattttt could be a lottttt betterr ya kno.. i jus aint feelin it (Report) Reply

  • Srivinay Salian (8/28/2013 3:58:00 PM)

    This in my opinion is about letting the young ones be as is and not being too protective about them... A philosophical reality expressed so beautifully... (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »

New Poems

  1. Come, Come....., Marshall Gass
  2. From In the mind, Harold R Hunt Sr
  3. Gramma's house., Harold R Hunt Sr
  4. Rubber-Band, Marshall Gass
  5. Stepping Into Your Mind, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. this poem, Bull Hawking
  7. Revealed From Pretentions Concealed, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  8. Ego Control, Ali Faisal
  9. Coming Home, Randy McClave
  10. what is this? i don't even..., Mandolyn ...

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  3. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  4. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  10. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]