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Evangeline: A Tale Of Acadie

Rating: 3.1

This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,
Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic,
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.
Loud from its rocky caverns, the deep-voiced neighboring ocean
Speaks, and in accents disconsolate answers the wail of the forest.

This is the forest primeval; but where are the hearts that beneath it
Leaped like the roe, when he hears in the woodland the voice of the huntsman
Where is the thatch-roofed village, the home of Acadian farmers,--

Men whose lives glided on like rivers that water the woodlands,
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Meredith Rose 23 July 2005

Another GREAT poem, Mr Longfellows' descriptions of nature are hypnotising.

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Remy Barry 21 March 2020

This was my home reading report when I was in grade school. It did not give me this sad reaction as it did now as I was reading it again. I knew it was a love story, but I was too young to realize what H.W. Longfellow wanted his readers to feel. What a beautiful story....about the forest primeval with sad voices.

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Helena Fontenot 22 February 2019

Professor Antoine Meillet says that the Saturnian meter, the hexameter can be traced to India.

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M. Davis flynn 30 May 2018

Beautiful, beautiful. Distant memory from English class P.S.169. Teacher, Marie Buek. Wonderful teacher. Lovely human being.

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Michael Morgan 05 September 2015

I have tried to like Longfellow, but his efforts to write an American 'Hermann Und Dorothea' (as here) and to take American poetry down Klopstockian pathways, don't do it for me. The languages are different and so are the sensibilities of the writers. In the end, he's derivative and lacks edge, though his ambition is boundless. His thought and description is commonplace and 'grand' in the worst sense and ultimately vapid- typical of Victorian America.

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Michael Pinchot 08 December 2018

To compare the use of Dactylic Hexameter in English (Longfellow) and German (Goethe & Klopstock) is awkward on its face with the roots being Greek/Latin. With hexameter being syllable stressed, it's funny that the most compatible language with Dactylic Hexameter is Hungarian...go figure. But, then again, I'm a mere writer, NOT a poet. www.michaelpinchot.com

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A very wonferful story told in prose-poetry form....

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