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    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a man of flowing words, was born on February 27, 1807, Portland, Maine. The first Longfellow came to America in 1676 from England. His mother was Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow. Her father, Peleg Wadsworth, had been a general in the Revolutionary War. His father, Stephen Longfellow, was a lawyer. He started school when he was three and became one of the school’s best students. Longfellow was naturally drawn to words. His mother read his brothers, sisters, and him the romance of Ossian, and Don Quixote. His favorite book, though, was Washington Irving’s “Sketch Book”. Longfellow once wrote later, “Every reader has his first book. I mean to say, one book among all others which in early youth first fascinates his imagination,…

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    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is American poet who wrote throughout 1873 to 1880, primarily influenced by the Romantic era. Born to the daughter of a Revolutionary War hero and an established lawyer, Longfellow was expected to attend college and follow his father’s footsteps. However he was more fascinated by the coastal culture of his town in Maine, fascinated by the stories of the sailors who detailed their exotic travels. Accordingly, Longfellow pursued his intrigue,…

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    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an acclaimed poet in the 1800s and the first non-British writer to have a honorary bust placed in Poet’s corner, Westminster Abbey, in 1884 (Belanger 1). He was very popular during his time and still is today. Many events in Longfellow’s life influenced what he wrote about and his style. Longfellow’s travels, schooling, and obstacles in life wholly created Longfellow’s simple and sentimental style of writing that was so admired. To begin, Longfellow was a…

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    In the poem The Cross Of Snow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The author writes about a tragic death that happened to his wife eighteen years back. To express his emotions in a way that the readers can understand, the author uses devices like alliteration and metaphor in his poem. These devices help the author write a well developed poem that has a balance of emotions and a moral behind it. First of foremost, the author uses alliteration to connect his loss with the way he feels in terms of a…

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    The Study of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: His Life and Writings Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a preeminent poet in his day and even if time has contrived to show that he is something less than the remarkable artist, he never claimed to be, we can still fondly read his work, which epitomizes 19th century. Born on February 27, 1807 in Portland, Maine to parents, Stephen and Zilpah Longfellow, Henry, from the start, had a reputation for being studious. Furthermore, among other accomplishments,…

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    Paul Revere's Ride Poem

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    “The Landlord’s Tale. Paul Revere’s Ride” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Tone and Foreshadowing Belfry- a bell tower or a steeple housing bells, especially one that is a part of a church Muster- assemble (troops), especially for inspection or preparation for battle Grenadiers- solder armed with grenades Sombre- dark and gloomy Sentinel- a soldier or guard Impetuous- acting/done quickly and without thought or care Fleet- fast and nimble in movement Spectral- of or like a ghost Alders- a type of…

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    The poem “Mezzo Cammin” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is an Petrarchan sonnet that has an octave followed by a sestet. It explains the type of feeling the speaker is having with a main theme of death. The poem contains Longfellow’s self-reflective thoughts. He thinks about the passed time, past mistakes, his lost aspirations, his current situation and the hopes that he has for the future. He starts feeling as though he has not accomplished what he had hoped to by this point in his life, and he…

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    The Tide Rises Tide Falls

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    No pain can compare to the feeling obtained after witnessing the death of a loved one. This grief easily infects artist’s works. The sorrow of death has infected many famous works such as Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” or Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee.” No writer however, has been more impacted than Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He was greatly affected by the deaths of his two wives which are clearly shown in his works. Henry Longfellow shows through his marriages, “The…

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    His arguments are advanced by his choices of words. Boorstin writes, “Under the hot glare of psychology and sociology the heroes’ heroic qualities have been dissolved into a blur of environmental influences and internal maladjustments” (52). His phrasing of “under the hot glare” dramatizes the decline of the hero and suggests this phenomenon happened with ease. Next, words such as “dissolve” and “blur” prone us to assume that heroes can be broken down and destroyed quickly. And so, it’s a…

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    “YOLO! We’re going to die anyways..” is a common saying people like to throw around when they do something risky. Whether it’s dangerous like skydiving or harmful to us like drugs, we like to say “We’re going to die either way” so our actions don’t look and feels as bad as they really are. In this poem the poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, contradicts that saying, which i find very intriguing. In this poem, Henry Wadsworth is saying not to live life in the pursuit of death, but instead live…

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