The Arrow



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.

I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For who has sight so keen and strong, That it can follow the flight of song?

About this poem

The poem, first published in 1845, is a famous lyrical about the impacts of a song and its comparison with the arrow shot in the air.

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Submitted by trevor20099999 on September 28, 2022

Modified on April 24, 2023

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Henry Wadsworth

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. more…

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  • mistah_c
    it would have been better to quote the complete poem - there is one more verse
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