Excelsior! (Will someone please explain this to me?)  

KarezzaMagick 65M
102 posts
4/29/2006 12:52 pm

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Excelsior! (Will someone please explain this to me?)

The poem? One by Longfellow, made famous by... you guessed it, Bullwinkle Moose.

What the hell does it mean and why did Longfellow write this?

Excelsior

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Alpine village passed
A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,
A banner with the strange device,
Excelsior!

His brow was sad; his eye beneath,
Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,
And like a silver clarion rung
The accents of that unknown tongue,
Excelsior!


Check inside in the first comment to readthe entire poem. I'm confused. What the hell does it mean? Please adivse!



KarezzaMagick 65M
165 posts
4/29/2006 12:54 pm

The poem? One by Longfellow, made famous by... you guessed it, Bullwinkle Moose.

What the hell does it mean and why did Longfellow write this?

Check inside in the first comment for the entire poem. I'm confused. What the hell does it mean?

Excelsior

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Alpine village passed
A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,
A banner with the strange device,
Excelsior!

His brow was sad; his eye beneath,
Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,
And like a silver clarion rung
The accents of that unknown tongue,
Excelsior!

In happy homes he saw the light
Of household fires gleam warm and bright;
Above, the spectral glaciers shone,
And from his lips escaped a groan,
Excelsior!

"Try not the Pass!" the old man said:
"Dark lowers the tempest overhead,
The roaring torrent is deep and wide!
And loud that clarion voice replied,
Excelsior!

"Oh stay," the maiden said, "and rest
Thy weary head upon this breast!"
A tear stood in his bright blue eye,
But still he answered, with a sigh,
Excelsior!

"Beware the pine-tree's withered branch!
Beware the awful avalanche!"
This was the peasant's last Good-night,
A voice replied, far up the height,
Excelsior!

At break of day, as heavenward
The pious monks of Saint Bernard
Uttered the oft-repeated prayer,
A voice cried through the startled air,
Excelsior!

A traveller, by the faithful hound,
Half-buried in the snow was found,
Still grasping in his hand of ice
That banner with the strange device,
Excelsior!

There in the twilight cold and gray,
Lifeless, but beautiful, he lay,
And from the sky, serene and far,
A voice fell, like a falling star,
Excelsior!


rm_Kissmystuff 62F
1435 posts
4/29/2006 6:27 pm

Excelsior!

From the Latin..meaning..ever upward. I guess the poor boy was striving for the mountain peak. But..alas..he died trying. Sounds like he didn't know when to give up.

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interested13563 54M
2557 posts
5/9/2006 3:40 pm

And often the avalache catches up with you anyway.
So perhaps it is better to be taken over on your
way up - offering no excuses.


deliciousngood 65F
1666 posts
6/14/2006 9:11 am

To me it means something like this: a man with a mission...to GET HOME...from what torutous past we do not guess, but he is offered many ways to stop and rest but chooses to go onward...even to his detriment.


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