The Tide Falls Analysis

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Both The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls and A Psalm of Life share similar philosophies: Death is a part of life. However they differ in the moods of the writing; The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls portrays the philosophy in a dark and pessimistic mood while A Psalm of Life is more optimistic and sanguine. Both poems share the philosophy that death is a part of life. Longfellow states that life is a cycle. He says this in A Psalm of Life: “…the grave is not its goal." (line 6) This means that life doesn't end for when a person dies. It spreads a message of hope and optimism. Longfellow also discusses how humans must always believe that the next day will be better than the last. He says "…but to act that each to-morrow / Find us farther than to-day." (11-12) He also says that death is a part of life. In The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls, he says “The day returns, but nevermore/Returns the traveler to the shore.”(lines 13-14). This says that a person’s life will end, but…show more content…
He believes that even though we die, we can and should leave a positive mark. This is a very optimistic view of death. The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls, on the other hand, is more about accepting death than making the best of it. There is nothing on the poem at all about trying to make the best of death. He keeps repeating the line “the tide rises, the tide falls” (1, 5, 10, 15) as if we can’t change anything. The cycle of the tides makes nature more important than people. The philosophy in this poem is more about accepting what we can’t change then about making a mark. There are comparable philosophies to both A Psalm of Life and The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls: Death is a part of life. However the poems vary in the moods of the writing; The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls shows more negative feelings towards death and has a more defeated tone to it while A Psalm of Life embraces death as more of a reason to leave a mark on the
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