Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Biography

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 Colleg ...

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poems

A Psalm Of Life

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

The Arrow And The Song

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

A Gleam Of Sunshine

This is the place. Stand still, my steed,
Let me review the scene,
And summon from the shadowy Past
The forms that once have been.

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.


Thou comest, Autumn, heralded by the rain,
With banners, by great gales incessant fanned,
Brighter than brightest silks of Samarcand,
And stately oxen harnessed to thy wain!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes

11 November 2014

It is curious to note the old sea-margins of human thought! Each subsiding century reveals some new mystery; we build where monsters used to hide themselves.

11 November 2014

The Mormons make the marriage ring, like the ring of Saturn, fluid, not solid, and keep it in its place by numerous satellites.

11 November 2014

The Helicon of too many poets is not a hill crowned with sunshine and visited by the Muses and the Graces, but an old, mouldering house, full of gloom and haunted by ghosts.

11 November 2014

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.

11 November 2014

Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Comments

Sam Jones 21 December 2009

OMG! His poems r awesome, but i heard this poem called Sam Jones, Conqueror of the World! It's awesome. Read it and vote it a 10! ! !

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Calico Jack 20 April 2012

Force rules the world still, Has ruled it, shall rule it; Meekness is weakness, Strength is triumphant, Over the whole earth Still is it Thor's-Day! from the Saga of King Olaf Henry Wadsworth Longfellow No its Friday!

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I like W.Longfellow's poems, some of them are really good.

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Shinobu Wray 18 June 2005

I wonder if the song that neil diamond wrote has any connection between his last name

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Sexy Fisting 12 March 2014

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Sylvia Frances Chan 28 August 2021

THOUGHT HW Longfellow was an English poet! I was wrong, but his poems contains lyrical tunes that remind me of certain famous songs.

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Ash(13) 19 November 2020

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