Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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MobileReference.com, 2008 - Poetry - 386 pages
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This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. This book features a table of contents linked to every chapter. The book was designed for optimal navigation on the Kindle, PDA, Smartphone, and other electronic readers. It is formatted to display on all electronic devices including the Kindle, Smartphones and other Mobile Devices with a small display. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Afternoon In February April Day Arrow And The Song Arsenal At Springfield Auf Wiedersehen Autumn Autumn 2 Autumn Within Becalmed Beleaguered City Belfry of Bruges Bells of San Blas Birds of Passage Bridge Building of The Long Serpent Building of The Ship Burial Of The Minnisink Carillon Castle-Builder Children's Crusade Children's Own Longfellow Chimes Christus: A Mystery City and the Sea Courtship of Miles Standish Curfew Dante Day Is Done Decoration Day Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Drinking Song Elegiac Verse Endymion Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie Excelsior First Passover Flower-de-luce Flowers Footsteps of Angels Four by the Clock Four Lakes of Madison Fragment Gleam of Sunshine Goblet of Life God's-Acre Golden Legend Good Part, that shall not be taken away Hermes Trismegistus Hiawatha's Fishing Hiawatha's Sailing Hymn of The Moravian Nuns of Bethlehem Hymn to the Night In the Harbor In the White Mountains Inferno Inscription on the Shanklin Fountain Introitus It Is Not Always May John Alden L' Envoi Light of Stars Love and Friendship Lover's Errand Mad River March of Miles Standish Memories Mezzo Cammin Michael Angelo Midnight Mass for the Dying Year Miles Standish Moonlight My Books Norman Baron Nuremberg Occultation of Orion Old Clock on The Stairs Paradiso Paul Revere's Ride Poems On Slavery Poet's Calendar Possibilities President Garfield Priscilla Psalm of Life Purgatorio Quadroon Girl Rain In Summer Rainy Day Reaper and the Flowers Sailing of the May flower Sain John Seaside and the Fireside Second Passover Sir Galahad Skeleton In Armor Slave in the Dismal Swamp Slave singing at Midnight Slave's Dream Song of Hiawatha Song of Hiawatha Spinning-Wheel Spirit of Poetry Sundown Sunrise On The Hills Tales of a Wayside Inn There Was a Little Girl Third Passover To A Child To An Old Danish Song-Book To the Avon To The Driving Cloud To The River Charles To William E. Channing Translations Ultima Thule Victor and Vanquished Village Blacksmith Voices of The Night Walter Von Der Vogelweid Warning Wedding-Day Witnesses Woods In Winter Wreck of The Hesperus

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About the author (2008)

During his lifetime, Longfellow enjoyed a popularity that few poets have ever known. This has made a purely literary assessment of his achievement difficult, since his verse has had an effect on so many levels of American culture and society. Certainly, some of his most popular poems are, when considered merely as artistic compositions, found wanting in serious ways: the confused imagery and sentimentality of "A Psalm of Life" (1839), the excessive didacticism of "Excelsior" (1841), the sentimentality of "The Village Blacksmith" (1839). Yet, when judged in terms of popular culture, these works are probably no worse and, in some respects, much better than their counterparts in our time. Longfellow was very successful in responding to the need felt by Americans of his time for a literature of their own, a retelling in verse of the stories and legends of these United States, especially New England. His three most popular narrative poems are thoroughly rooted in American soil. "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie" (1847), an American idyll; "The Song of Hiawatha" (1855), the first genuinely native epic in American poetry; and "The Courtship of Miles Standish" (1858), a Puritan romance of Longfellow's own ancestors, John Alden and Priscilla Mullens. "Paul Revere's Ride," the best known of the "Tales of a Wayside Inn"(1863), is also intensely national. Then, there is a handful of intensely personal, melancholy poems that deal in very successful ways with those themes not commonly thought of as Longfellow's: sorrow, death, frustration, the pathetic drift of humanity's existence. Chief among these are "My Lost Youth" (1855), "Mezzo Cammin" (1842), "The Ropewalk" (1854), "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport" (1852), and, most remarkable in its artistic success, "The Cross of Snow," a heartfelt sonnet so personal in its expression of the poet's grief for his dead wife that it remained unpublished until after Longfellow's death. A professor of modern literature at Harvard College, Longfellow did much to educate the general reading public in the literatures of Europe by means of his many anthologies and translations, the most important of which was his masterful rendition in English of Dante's Divine Comedy (1865-67).

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