Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882 / Portland, Maine)
Henry Wadsworth 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 The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets.
Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, then part of Massachusetts, 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 (1841). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, living the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a former ... more »
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''We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.''Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), U.S. poet. Kavanagh, bk. 1, ch. 1 (1849).
''Art is the child of Nature; yes,Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), U.S. poet. "Keramos."
Her darling child, in whom we trace
The features of the mother's face,
Her aspect and her attitude.''
half-way up the hill, I see the PastHenry Wadsworth Longfellow (1809-1882), U.S. poet. Mezzo Cammin (l. 9-14). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, e...
Lying beneath me with its sounds and sights,
A city in the twilight dim and vast,
With smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights,...
''Half of my life is gone, and I have letHenry Wadsworth Longfellow (1809-1882), U.S. poet. Mezzo Cammin (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, ed...
The years slip from me and have not fulfilled
The aspiration of my youth, to build
Some tower of song with lofty parapet.''