What is the attitude of "A Psalm of Life?"

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“A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is a poem that teaches a lesson, a didactic poem. Therefore, the attitude of this nine-stanza poem is inspirational as indicated by its subtitle, What the Heart of the Young Man Said To The Psalmist. The heartfelt message that Longfellow teaches with the poem is to live life to the fullest because life is not just an empty pastime. He says, “Life is real! Life is earnest!” In addition, he admonishes the reader not to follow along but to “Be a hero in the strife!” Each man should find a way to be a hero, an individual, in his own life. Longfellow states that great men accomplish things that leave a lasting impression and that all men should find something they love to do and do it well for when we leave this earth we can leave our mark with “Footprints on the sand of time.”

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