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An extraneous higher force does not predetermine ones fate and events in life do not happen just by pure chance Henry Wadsworth Longfellows poem A Psalm of Life supports the theory that man creates his own fate through the choices he makes Fate or the purpose of life in this case is what people achieve through the decisions they make Not everyone will end up happy but leading a life of fulfillment will provide an ending to an existence well worth living Longfellow discusses this in his work A Psalm of Life is one of the poems from Longfellows first volume of verse Voices of the Night published in 1839 This was not his first published material of course although it was a great mark near the beginning of his career at the age of thirty-two He was at the time the book of poetry was published a professor at Harvard This was after graduating from Bowdoin College and studying literature in Europe for some time He kept writing through the duration of his life Other great works of his include The Childrens Hour Evangeline and The Song of Hiawatha to name a few Longfellow was a very intelligent man He was always good in school and was years ahead of his classmates He was an avid reader and had a gift for eloquence and fluidity in his writing He was also a very strong man having endured the pain of tragically losing two wives People viewed him as a romantic figure and compassionate man This is very evident in his writings A Psalm of Life has a very powerful positive tone one of great strength The poem is very motivational and inspiring One could imagine that if it were truly spoken as a speech a military or political leader would be Valo-2 delivering it It is a poem that applies to everyone It challenges each person to
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