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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
b. 2-27-1807; Portland, ME
d. 3-24-1882; Massachusetts

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is one of America's most popular poets. His poetry was translated into 24 languages during his lifetime, and he became the first American poet to be honored in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey in London.

A professor of language at his alma mater Bowdoin College, and a professor of French and Spanish at Harvard University, Longfellow was one of the first American academics to have a truly global interest in literature. He was convinced that America was in need of its own mythology, poetic tradition, and epic forms, comparable to Homer and Virgil.

Longfellow's poetry is quite varied, from ballads and other simple poems on popular subjects such as “Paul Revere's Ride” and “The Village Blacksmith” to long, narrative poems such as The Courtship of Miles Standish, and The Song of Hiawatha.

Longfellow's first collection of poems, Voices of the Night, was published in 1839 and sold 43,000 copies. A second collection, Ballads and other Poems, published in 1842, was also a big seller.

In 1854, Longfellow left teaching to write and enjoy a quiet life surrounded by friends from the literary world. Tragically his wife died in a fire and he dealt with his grief by translating Dante's Divine Comedy. The sonnets he wrote as a preface to it show the sad mood of his later years. Longfellow grew his famous beard to cover scars left by the burns he suffered while trying to save her.

Longfellow was one of the ‘Fireside Poets’ (Bryant, Holmes, Sr., Lowell, Whittier).

FYI ~ Among Longfellow's classmates at Bowdoin College were Nathaniel Hawthorne and Franklin Pierce.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Note Card
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Note Card

Longfellow's House, Cambridge, Mass., Art Print
Longfellow's House, Cambridge, Mass., Art Print

Paul Revere's Ride Art Print
Paul Revere's Ride
Art Print

Midnight Ride of
Paul Revere text

The Village Blacksmith, Art Print
The Village Blacksmith,
Art Print
Currie & Ives

“Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.”
The Village Blacksmith

Evangeline, an Illustration from the Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Giclee Print
Evangeline, an Illustration from the Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Giclee Print

“Ye who believe in affection that hopes, and endures, and is patient,
Ye who believe in the beauty and strength of woman's devotion,
List to the mournful tradition still sung by the pines of the forest;
List to a Tale of Love in Acadie,
home of the happy.”

John Alden House, Duxbury, Mass., Art Print
John Alden House,
Duxbury, Mass., Art Print

Archly the maiden smiled, and, with eyes over-running with laughter,
Said, in a tremulous voice, “Why don't you speak for yourself, John?” ~
The Courtship of Miles Standish

Long Sat Waiting for an Answer, from The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Giclee Print
Long Sat Waiting for an Answer, from The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Giclee Print

View of the waterfalls in Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan, National Geographic, Giclee Print
Tahquamenon Falls
...“by the rushing Tahquamenaw” where Hiawatha built his canoe.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan, National Geographic, Giclee Print

Music Quote Poster
”Music is the universal
language of mankind.”

music posters

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”

My own thougts
Are my companions; my designs and labours
And aspirations are my only friends.-
The Masque of Pandorn


Evangeline (1847) the heartbreaking story of Acadians Gabriel and Evangeline search for each other after the two are separated during the British expulsion of the French settlers from Nova Scotia in 1755. Evangeline is forced to the land of southern Louisiana, Gabriel to other parts of the New World....
"This is the forest primeval..."

Evangeline (VHS 1929)

The Song of Hiawatha (1855) is Longfellow's most popular and most recognized poem, the epic life and death of a magic American Indian, sent by the Great Spirit to guide the nations in the ways of peace. Hiawatha's marriage to Minnehaha commences a golden age, until mischievous spirits entice Hiawatha into further adventures. ...
“On the Mountains of the Prairie,
On the great Red Pipe-stone Quarry,
Gitche Manito, the mighty,
He the Master of Life, descending,
On the red crags of the quarry
Stood erect, and called the nations,
Called the tribes of men together.”

The Song of Hiawatha (VHS 1997)

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (1861) The famous narrative poem recreating Paul Revere's midnight ride in 1775 to warn the people of the Boston countryside that the British were coming.
“Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere....”

Biography: Paul Revere- The Midnight Ride (VHS 1996)

The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Library Binding)

Dante's Combined Works: The Divine Comedy, tr. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Children's Own Longfellow -This handsome volume contains eight of the most popular of Longfellow's poems, including “The Wreck of the Hesperus,” “The Village Blacksmith,” “Paul Revere's Ride,” and excerpts from “The Song of Hiawatha.”

Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life by Charles C. Calhoun - Calhoun's Longfellow emerges as one of America's first powerful cultural makers: a poet and teacher who helped define Victorian culture; a major conduit for European culture coming into America; a catalyst for the Colonial Revival movement in architecture and interior design; and a critic of both Puritanism and the American obsession with material success. Longfellow is also a portrait of a man in advance of his time in championing multiculturalism: He popularized Native American folklore; revived the Evangeline story (the foundational myth of modern Acadian and Cajun identity in the U.S. and Canada); wrote powerful poems against slavery; and introduced Americans to the languages and literatures of other lands.

Calhoun's portrait of post-Revolutionary Portland, Maine, where Longfellow was born, and of his time at Bowdoin and Harvard Colleges, show a deep and imaginative grasp of New England cultural history. Longfellow's tragic romantic life—his first wife dies tragically early, after a miscarriage, and his second wife, Fannie Appleton, dies after accidentally setting herself on fire—is illuminated, and his intense friendship with abolitionist and U.S. senator Charles Sumner is given as a striking example of mid-nineteenth-century romantic friendship between men. Finally, Calhoun paints in vivid detail Longfellow's family life at Craigie House, including stories of the poet's friends—Hawthorne, Emerson, Dickens, Fanny Kemble, Julia Ward Howe, and Oscar Wilde among them.

Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children : Selections from Shakespeare, Twain, Dickens, O.Henry, London, Longfellow, Irving, Aesop, Homer, Cervantes, Hawthorne, and More -A perennially popular collection of short stories, poems, legends, and myths from great works of literature that are especially appropriate for parents to read aloud to their children aged five to twelve.

Footprints of Henry W. Longfellow: A travel guide to America's favorite poet by Ethel F. Harberts

Everyday Life in the 1800s: A Guide for Wriers, Students, and Historians -The Everyday Life series helps writers, students and researchers save valuable time and bring richness and historical accuracy to their work. Each guide describes the food, clothes, customs, slang, occupations, religions, politics and other historical details that are so often difficult to find.


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