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Poem Analysis: The Arrow and the Song

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The Arrow and the Song
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
What does the arrow represent in the poem "The Arrow and the Song"?
  1. A standard arrow
  2. A conquest to be won
  3. Something that can cause destruction
  4. Something that can fly through the air
The poem "The Arrow and the Song" wants to get a message across.
What message is that?
  1. the difference between harsh and soft words
  2. different ways to fight a war
  3. the importance of finding what you've lost
  4. helping people when they are in need
Some suggest that "The Arrow and the Song" is a love poem. If that is true, the arrow most likely represents
  1. an arrow shot during war.
  2. an arrow shot by Cupid.
  3. a quarrel between lovers.
  4. a marriage that ended in divorce.
"The Arrow and the Song" is written in rhyme. Which choice best represents the rhyme scheme of the poem?
  1. abab cdcd efef
  2. aabb ccdd eeff
  3. aabb aabb aabb
  4. abab abab abab
Based on "The Arrow and the Song," what happens whether you speak harsh or soft words to someone?
  1. They go in one ear and out the other.
  2. They cause you to lose a lot of friends.
  3. They have an impact on someone.
  4. They are hard to track.

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