Literary Analysis: The Rainy Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Rainy Day” uses the themes of lost and renewed hope, youth and grief to show how much our past and future experiences affect our lives and how though we face multiple struggles in life we can overcome them. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born February 28th, 1807 and died March 24th, 1882. He was inspired to write poetry from Romanticism. Not only did he accomplish writing many pieces of poetry he was also a novelist. He wrote “The Rainy Day” in 1841 and wrote it in memory of his wife who had passed away in front of his eyes. Longfellow’s poems are mostly long but this was one of his few short poems. “The Rainy Day” was popular for
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Others also agree with this thought for example, “So, instead of lamenting about it the whole life, one must learn to overcome his distress and proceed with his life.” (Poems). This quote also agrees with the idea of renewed hope because as stated we must overcome our challenges which we do through having a sense of renewed hope. This agrees with the conclusive fact that we all face challenges in life that we must overcome and are given the strength to overcome through hope.

There is always a time in our life when we realize that those days are gone. The days to go out and play, those days of innocence and happiness, those days when we were shielded from the real world. As we grow older and wiser and gain more experiences we come to face the fact that not everything is rainbows and sunshine. We begin to see that life is but a mere road with an excessive amount of bumps that we trip over. Some bumps may be larger than others but in the end we must all get up and move on and in these times the memories of our lost youth are painful to bear, yet at the same time the memories are sometimes hard to let go of. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow displays this idea through his poem “The Rainy Day” trying to express the ghosts of his past. “My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past, / But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,” (8-9). Through these lines
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