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For what was Longfellow's audience hungry? For what assurance was this audience looking?
Sermons and lessons; their cherished values would prevail over the new forces of history that were threatening to destroy them.
What is meter? What is a metrical unit of poetry?
Pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables; a foot.
How does Longfellow personify the ocean in the 2nd stanza? Is this image comforting or disturbing? Explain.
The little waves; comforting to me because of the connotation of "soft hands."
"Footsteps on the sands of time" is a common expression referring to our mortality and the passage of time. A similar image appears in the 2nd stanza. What does it suggest has happened to the traveler?
He lived his life and now is gone.
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