Who is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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 Georg...
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  • The Tides
    I saw the long line of the vacant shore,
    The sea-weed and the shells upon the sand,
    And the brown rocks left bare on every hand,
    As if the ebbing tide would flow no more. ...
  • Weariness
    O little feet! that such long years
    Must wander on through hopes and fears,
    Must ache and bleed beneath your load;
    I, nearer to the wayside inn ...
  • Walter Von Der Vogelweid
    Vogelweid the Minnesinger,
    When he left this world of ours,
    Laid his body in the cloister,
    Under Wurtzburg's minster towers. ...
  • The Iron Pen
    Made from a fetter of Bonnivard, the Prisoner of Chillon; the handle of wood from the Frigate Constitution, and bound with a circlet of gold, inset with three precious stones from Siberia, Ceylon, and Maine.

    I thought this Pen would arise
    From the casket where it lies-- ...
  • The Musician's Tale - The Wayside Inn - Part Second
    THE BALLAD OF CARMILHAN

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Long 230 Great 219 White 196 Heart 177 Night 164 Light 159 Beneath 158 Sweet 155 Earth 152 Hear 150


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  • Brahkar: it takes less time to do things right that to explain why you did it wrong. -henry wadsworth longfellow
  • Consciousbeats8: “music is the universal language of mankind.”―henry wadsworth longfellow
  • Liofersarcher: he that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. henry wadsworth longfellow chickwentuhan with liofer
  • Lwinckles: "kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits, take care of your garden and keep out the weeds, fill it with sunshine, kind words, and kind deeds." - henry wadsworth longfellow
  • Writingjobz: great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending - henry wadsworth longfellow
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