The line that I chose is from William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”. The line is, “So shalt thou rest — and what if thou withdraw in silence from the living, and no friend take note of thy departure? All that breathe will share thy destiny.” I think this is important to people my age because we are nearing adulthood and are starting to experiment with different things, some of which aren’t good for our health and well being. If people my age aren’t careful they will follow the path of those that have already gone. There are stories about kids my age that have died from overdosing, drinking and driving, and other things. In a messed up sort of way, he was trying to protect us from ourselves. Even though we will do somethings that are stupid, we still have to be careful or else we will follow the same path as those before us a lot sooner than we are supposed to. The other side of the argument can be argued with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Mezzo Cammin”. In “Mezzo Cammin” Longfellow practically says that we need to live life to the fullest, but also don’t do something that will ultimately kill you. People my age aren’t that far along the road, which is what the title of Longfellow’s poem mean, mid journey. We are not that far up the road, but people my age are dying young from stupid things. If people just read and understood both of these poems and didn’t do things that would kill them in the end, then we wouldn’t have as many problems as we have.

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