Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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MobileReference.com, 2008 - Fiction - 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 Sony Reader, PDA, Smartphone, and other electronic readers. It is formatted to display on all electronic devices including the Sony Reader, 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 2
Autumn Within
Beleaguered City
Belfry of Bruges
Bells of San Blas
Birds of Passage
Building of The Long Serpent
Building of The Ship
Burial Of The Minnisink
Children's Crusade
Children's Own Longfellow
Christus: A Mystery
City and the Sea
Courtship of Miles Standish
Day Is Done
Decoration Day
Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Drinking Song
Elegiac Verse
Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie
First Passover
Footsteps of Angels
Four by the Clock
Four Lakes of Madison
Gleam of Sunshine
Goblet of Life
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
Inscription on the Shanklin Fountain
It Is Not Always May
John Alden
L' Envoi
Light of Stars
Love and Friendship
Lover's Errand
Mad River
March of Miles Standish
Mezzo Cammin
Michael Angelo
Midnight Mass for the Dying Year
Miles Standish
My Books
Norman Baron
Occultation of Orion
Old Clock on The Stairs
Paul Revere's Ride
Poems On Slavery
Poet's Calendar
President Garfield
Psalm of Life
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
Spirit of Poetry
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
Ultima Thule
Victor and Vanquished
Village Blacksmith
Voices of The Night
Walter Von Der Vogelweid
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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