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Teaching Arrow and the Song

Arrow and the Song

We can never predict the power of our actions. The word said, the deed done, disappear into the past, but often, years later, we can be astounded to learn of their impact. A friend explodes with rage over an imagined slight; a stranger thanks us for a favor we’d forgotten. In this poem, Longfellow compares two forms of action, represented by an arrow and a song. The speaker shoots an arrow into the air and it falls to earth, out of sight.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Public Domain


How does Longfellow use the arrow and song as metaphors for human actions and their consequences?
RL.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.5 - Text Structure


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