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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

American poet

1807   -   1882

movement: Romanticism
country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: Bowdoin College
occupation: translator, poet, novelist, professor, writer
award received: Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts
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 also 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, 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 (1841). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, and he lived the remainder of his life in a former 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 also had success overseas. He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.
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Hawthorne

poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

King Trisanku

poem by Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Children Children

poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Santa Filomena

poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1847

A Psalm of Life

poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1838

Old St. David's at Radnor

poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Ladder of St. Augustine

poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Skeleton in Armour

poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Rainy Day

poem by Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Afternoon in February

poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1800

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