Longfellow obviously took great delight in his children. This poem compares a moment in the day after work when he plays with his children but it is compared to a castle being besieged. Through the reading on the PowerPoint and the activities in the workbook, students can explore what Longfellow has created here and compare it to their own routines. There are also references in the poem that require further research - namely, the Bishop of Bingen in his tower being eaten by mice. It's a fun poem.