The Courtship of Miles Standish: With Suggestions for Study and Notes

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DigiCat, 4.09.2022 г. - 49 страници
In 'The Courtship of Miles Standish,' Henry Wadsworth Longfellow weaves a romantic tapestry with the threads of history and poetry. This narrative poem, rich in its portrayal of early American life, tells the tale of the love triangle between Miles Standish, John Alden, and Priscilla Mullins during the early days of the Plymouth Colony. Longfellow's use of dactylic hexameter lends a classical elegance to the piece, anchoring it firmly in the traditions of epic poetry while simultaneously contributing to America's emerging literary identity in the nineteenth century. Coupled with a rigorous scholarly apparatus, DigiCat Publishing offers readers not only the text but also the tools for deeper analysis and comprehension, honoring Longfellow's artistry and intellectual rigor as a seminal figure in the annals of world literature. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a titan of American letters, was particularly adept at bridging historical narratives with poetic imagination. His own American heritage and deep-rooted interest in the past surely informed 'The Courtship of Miles Standish,' allowing him to capture the ethos of the early settlers with a pathos and intimacy that only a poet of his caliber could achieve. The poem reflects Longfellow's fascination with the formative years of American civilization and his capacity to transform colonial lore into sublime literary art. This work exemplifies his enduring commitment to elevating national stories to the realm of universal myth. For those who seek to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of America's literary tradition, 'The Courtship of Miles Standish' is an essential read. Longfellow's masterful blend of historical detail and lyrical prowess offers an enlightening glimpse into our collective past. Readers who appreciate the interplay of poetry and history will find Longfellow's work an erudite and engaging journey. With the added elements of scholarly study and insightful notes provided by DigiCat Publishing, this edition is an invaluable resource for both casual appreciators of poetry and academic readers striving to unlock the deeper meanings within Longfellow's enduring verse.
 

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INTRODUCTION SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDY
MILES STANDISH
LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
THE LOVERS ERRAND IV JOHN ALDEN
THE SAILING OF THE MAYFLOWER
PRISCILLA
THE MARCH OF MILES STANDISH
THE SPINNINGWHEEL
THE WEDDINGDAY

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) stands as one of the most renowned American poets of the 19th century. His literary career was marked by a refined use of rhythm and meter, and a dedication to crafting poetry that was both accessible and profound. A Harvard graduate and eventually a professor of modern languages at his alma mater, Longfellow was prolific in his output and diverse in his subjects. His work often celebrated American history and mythology, exemplified by 'The Courtship of Miles Standish.' In this narrative poem, Longfellow explores themes of love and bravery set against the backdrop of the early Plymouth colony, rendering the love triangle between John Alden, Priscilla Mullins, and Miles Standish with a romanticized yet poignant touch. Longfellow wrote other beloved classics, such as 'Evangeline,' 'The Song of Hiawatha,' and 'Paul Revere's Ride.' His poetry, while sometimes criticized for its sentimentality, was received with immense popularity in his time, evidencing a deep resonance with the ethos and imaginings of his readership. Longfellow's influence has waned in critical circles over time, but his mastery of lyrical form and his contributions to American cultural identity continue to be celebrated in the canon of American literature.

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