10 of the most famous poems in the English Literature (IX)

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Today we bring you an excerpt from which could be one of the most motivational poems ever. Nowadays, motivational quotes are in vogue, they are trendy and everywhere, printed on t-shirts, on Mr. Wonderful notebooks and diaries or even used as an advertising strategy on the walls of Meridiano shopping center. However, this poem surpasses them all.

A Psalm of Life

Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Published: 1838


In the world’s broad field of battle,

In the bivouac of Life,

Be not like dumb, driven cattle!

Be a hero in the strife!

You have only read a tiny little excerpt from this powerful poem and we invite you to read the whole poem here or listen to it here.


Meaning of the poem:

We might think of the entire poem as a clarion call to do great things, however insignificant they may seem in the present and on the empirically observable surface. That may mean writing a poem and entering it into a poetry contest, when you know the chances of your poem winning are very small; risking your life for something you believe in when you know it is not popular or it is misunderstood; or volunteering for a cause that, although it may seem hopeless, you feel is truly important. Thus, the greatness of this poem lies in its ability to so clearly prescribe a method for greatness in our modern world.

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