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Analyzing Longfellow - The Sound of the SeaBy Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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Analyzing Longfellow The Sound of the Sea By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow In the poem, The Sound of the Sea, by Longfellow, the speaker uses an allusion of the sea to show a comparison between the "rushing of the sea-tides" and the process of the human soul being inspired. The speaker is enchanted by the ways that occasions and situations are revealed to the soul through "inspirations" in a method of almost "foreshadowing" what is to come in the future. These "inspirations" come as sporadically to humans beings as the tide's rushing in along the beaches. This allusion is presented through the poem with a regular rhyme scheme (abbaabba, cdecdec) in a single stanza format. Longfellow uses the poem as a metaphor to symbolize how strong and powerful visions suddenly come to humans, and seem to speak to our "souls." ...read more.


The speaker views these inspirations on almost some sort of supernatural occurrence, being "beyond our reason or control." Since ideas seem inspired without logic, but rather inspired above our reason, the speaker believes these "inspirations" are some sort of "divine foreshadowing" of what is to come in the future. This mystical sense and powerful feeling given to the way humans are inspired (with the comparison of the "rising tide") gives a complex and enigmatic characteristic to the human soul. Changed By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow In the poem, Changed, by Longfellow, the speaker is returning to the place where he had lived earlier, but now is arriving to see it differently as he had used to see it, or rather think of it, as he had when he was younger. ...read more.


The speaker obviously did not expect to see this change, or had ever felt that his perspective of things had changed until now. Presently, able to evaluate and compare his past ideas of his home-town with his present, he sees everything in a different light, and that indeed not only has the town changed and become more worn down, but he has changed also, because now the sun is "Not the sun that used to be." Though certainly the sun itself has not changed, but rather the perspective of the speaker has "changed", changing the way the sun seems to him, showing that the town is not the only altered factor in this poem. This poem illustrates how with time everything changes. Holding that there are few things that are 'timeless' universally, eventually all things will change, whether physically or perspectively. ...read more.

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