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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

American poet

1807   -   1882

movement: Romanticism
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: Italian, Spanish, English
educated at: Bowdoin College
occupation: translator, poet, novelist, professor, writer
award received: Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
influenced by: Dante Alighieri, John Keats, Charles Dickens

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and was one of the Fireside Poets from New England. Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, which was then still part of Massachusetts. He studied at Bowdoin College and became a professor at Bowdoin and later at Harvard College after spending time in Europe. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). He retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, and he lived the remainder of his life in the Revolutionary War headquarters of George Washington in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on translating works from foreign languages. He died in 1882. Longfellow wrote many lyric poems known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and had success overseas. He has been criticized by some, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.
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The Song of Hiawatha

1855 epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1855

Evangeline

poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1847

Tales of a Wayside Inn

book by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Excelsior

poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Kavanagh

novel by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Outre-Mer

book by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Courtship of Miles Standish

1858 poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1858

The Village Blacksmith

стихотворение Генри Уодсворта Лонгфелло

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1840

The Children's Hour

a poem by Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1860

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