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The Letters of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Volume V: 1866-1874

  10/02/2012       krokop      0 Comments

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Category: Leisure

  • Type: Paperback
  • Pages: none
  • ISBN: none
  • ASIN: 9780674598577
  • Edition Language: English

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet whose works include Paul Reveres Ride, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieris The Divine Comedy and was one of the five members of the group known as the Fireside Poets.Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine and studied at Bowdoin College. 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 (1842). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, though he lived the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a former headquarters of George Washington.Longfellow predominantly wrote lyric poetry, known for its musicality, which often presented 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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