The Arrow And The Song

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Click to read full poem

Comments about The Arrow And The Song

Chuck Boltonera 25 Feb 09:50
This is my favorite poem of all time. I memorized it when I was very young and can still recite it exactly as it was written. I recite it at least once a week or when ever it comes to mind. It tells a beautiful story.
Jeff J 03 Nov 2018 09:51
The poem is about influence. We come in contact with people every day. we share ourselves with the world. We make friends and as we go about our separate ways. Only later do we find that our song, our words, our actions come back to bless us and/or others. We influence others daily and sometimes they share us in their lives with others unknowing...
PoemHunter14 14 Sep 2018 10:10
This poem is so beautifully written!
Radhika 27 Jul 2018 12:23
And the song from the beginning to end I found again in the heart of a friend. These line meanings.
James quirinale 09 Jul 2018 09:37
One of my favorites
Anonymous 13 Mar 2018 12:45
What does this poem mean to y’all?
Anonymous 13 Mar 2018 12:42
What does it mean? I need to find out
Subhas Chandra Chakra 24 Sep 2017 01:57
And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend Nicely penned. Sweet poem. Thanks poet.
Spock The Vegan 01 Dec 2016 04:03
One of the great poems of all time. It shows the long lasting impact of human speech.
Tapan M. Saren 04 Apr 2016 08:54
I love this poem very much
Biniam Tekeste 18 Mar 2016 06:24
So true and true to the best I know.
Surajit Banerjee 11 Jun 2015 08:39
A sweet realisation of self. Just superb
* Sunprincess * 30 Jun 2014 05:29
............ohh I totally love this poem....truly one of the best poems I have read today....adding to my poem collection....
Jelah Trapago 22 Oct 2013 08:19
this is the first english poem i've grandfather gave me a copy of this when i was 9 years i'm 14, i still love this poem....
Naz Tliachev 28 Aug 2012 03:05
Nothing disappers in the thin air....Arrow - what you did bad (without control): and the song - good that remains in the heart of your friends.
Daniel Hu 18 Jan 2012 04:30
the arrow means the friend and he found it unbrken and also found his friend with the song he lost so this song is abount finding something then losing it
Ravi A 30 Jul 2009 11:26
The spirit of the poem is well and clear. Arrow represents our material world and song represents the subjective, spiritual world. It represents the genuineness of our heart. We may or may not get back the returns from the material world for our deeds but if our songs are genuine we can certainly get a true echo of ourselves in the hearts of people and friends. Our genuineness would live through the generations for that matter.
Gracefair Xue 05 Jul 2007 02:40
this poem praises friendship.You may not know whether your contribution to friendship is valued at the time you show it, but one day to your surprise, you will find there are people who have cherish the frienship with you. Especially today, we are too busy to share many things with friends as people used to do, we can only hope that someday we can find it somewhere.
Sam Strode 26 Apr 2007 11:50
It is a very interesting poem, but what I have been reading about the author that he doesn't write in the abstract so it makes me wonder if longfellow was an enivromentalist, the oak being his friend and not two different incidences
Rozalynne Samira 03 Nov 2006 06:22
so well written..just touched my soul....and made a mark.