Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow / Feb 20, 2020

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poems and Other Writings No American writer of the th century was universally enjoyed and admired than Henry Wadsworth Longfellow His works were extraordinary bestsellers for their era achieving fame both here and abroad N

  • Title: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings
  • Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • ISBN: 9781883011857
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No American writer of the 19th century was universally enjoyed and admired than Henry Wadsworth Longfellow His works were extraordinary bestsellers for their era, achieving fame both here and abroad Now, for the first time in over 25 years Poems and Other Writings offers a full scale literary portrait of America s greatest popular poet Here are the poems that creaNo American writer of the 19th century was universally enjoyed and admired than Henry Wadsworth Longfellow His works were extraordinary bestsellers for their era, achieving fame both here and abroad Now, for the first time in over 25 years Poems and Other Writings offers a full scale literary portrait of America s greatest popular poet Here are the poems that created an American mythology Evangeline in the forest primeval, Hiawatha by the shores of Gitchee Gumee, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, the wreck of the Hesperus, the village blacksmith under the spreading chestnut tree, the strange courtship of Miles Standish, the maiden Priscilla and the hesitant John Alden verses, like A Psalm of Life and the The Children s Hour , whose phrases and characters have become part of the culture Erudite and fluent in many languages, Longfellow was endlessly fascinated with the byways of history and the curiosities of legend His many poems on literary themes, such as his moving homages to Dante and Chaucer, his verse translations from Lope de Vega, Heinrich Heine, and Michelangelo, and his ambitious verse dramas, notably The New England Tragedies also complete , are remarkable in their range and ambition As a special feature, this volume restores to print Longfellow s novel Kavanagh, a study of small town life and literary ambition that was praised by Emerson as an important contribution to the development of American fiction A selection of essays rounds out of the volume and provides testimony to Longfellow s concern with creating an American national literature.

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        Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet whose works include Paul Revere s Ride , The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri s The Divine Comedy and was one of the five members of the group known as the Fireside Poets.Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine and studied at Bowdoin College After spending time in Europe he became a professor at Bowdoin and, later, at Harvard College His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night 1839 and Ballads and Other Poems 1842 Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, though he lived the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a former headquarters of George Washington.Longfellow predominantly wrote lyric poetry, known for its musicality, which often presented stories of mythology and legend He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.


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    1. Longfellow is one of my favorite poets, though he is no longer held in the same high esteem that he once was. During his lifetime, he was widely regarded as the greatest American poet, and his works were very popular. In the twentieth century, "scholars" began to criticize Longfellow harshly, causing him to fall from popularity.I happen to believe that poetry should speak to a broad audience and be understandable to anyone, not just a few self-appointed elites. I also happen to believe that "fre [...]


    2. I have this in my poetry collection—so no one else will have too. Don’t worry. I’ve read all of the really good stuff for you. The rest I’ve ripped out.“Her rattling shrouds, all sheathed in ice,With the masts went by the board;Like a vessel of glass, she stove and sank,Ho! ho! the breakers roared!At daybreak, on the bleak sea-beach,A fisherman stood aghast,To see the form of a maiden fair,Lashed close to a drifting mast.The salt sea was frozen on her breast,The salt tears in her eyes; [...]


    3. Longfellow's poems were all exciting and intriguing. A lot of his poems seemed to being telling a story, which to me is practically always exciting and intriguing!!A little note of my own:Wisdom in poetryI hath found.Intellect and symmetry,Beautifully bound.“Art is long, and Time is fleeting”* As he saith indeed.Here I stand in awe repeatingThe wise words I read.So bear with me ‘tilThe end of my rhymeInspired by his skill,Greatest of all time.*A Psalm of LifeAlthough My Lost Youth was not [...]



    4. Longfellow is easily ignored by contemporary literature lovers. Better known than read, scores of readers avoid his works and seemingly don’t miss much. Very little of his writing has spawned new works or garnered citations and references in new writing. Yet he was fantastically popular in his lifetime. Why does he suffer such careless indifference? While he was boldly anti-slavery when that wasn’t a popular sentiment, he was otherwise a more conventional, safely liberal Tennyson without the [...]


    5. I hesitate to rate this book, but give it four stars because many (so many) of the poems are so wonderful. And I flagged a good number for further reading and reflection. His insights are keen, his language rhythmical. Some of the poems, to be sure, fall flat, with language that is trite and expressions which are tired.My biggest problem with the book (which seems par for the course for many anthologies of poetry today) is the absence of introduction. The editor chooses not to tell us what inspi [...]



    6. I was between 3 and 10, what did I know? And this wasn't the version. I still have the original, though the cover has come off. The back cover has a 5 digit numerical phone number! That's how old it is. I think I liked the rocking, rhythm of Longfellow's poetry, especially Hiawatha blarney laden as it is.


    7. His short works are good. 'Evangeline' and 'Myles Standish' are the better long poems. The Song of Hiawatha is one of the most mind numbing, racist bits of literature I've ever read. And don't get me started on his essay 'The Literary Tradition of Our Country.'


    8. I liked the stories that he told but they were very long. No wonder he was called Longfellow! I had to take the book back to the library, but I could see myself getting some of his individuals stories and reading those individually.


    9. Longfellow is among the great writers of human history, so this book is useful as a reference for his work. The endnotes, however, are sparse. A scholar needs more than this volume to get deep into his opus.


    10. LOVE! So talented and mesmerizing. My favorites are Hiawatha, The Courtship of Miles Standish, Evangeline, The Wreck of the Hesperus, The Village Blacksmith, and The Children's Hour.







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