Selected Poems

Selected Poems

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Selected Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Longfellow was the most popular poet of his day. This selection includes generous samplings from his longer works—Evangeline, The Courtship of Miles Standish, and Hiawatha—as well as his shorter lyrics and less familiar narrative poems.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140390643
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1988
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 295,847
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was the most popular and admired American poet of the nineteenth century. Born in Portland, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin College, Longfellow’s ambition was always to become a writer; but until mid-life his first profession was the teaching rather than the production of literature, at his alma mater (1829-35) and then at Harvard (1836-54). His teaching career was punctuated by two extended study-tours of Europe, during which Longfellow made himself fluent in all the major Romance and Germanic languages. Thanks to a fortunate marriage and the growing popularity of his work, from his mid-thirties onwards Longfellow, ensconced in a comfortable Cambridge mansion, was able to devote an increasingly large fraction of his energies to the long narrative historical and mythic poems that made him a household word, especially Evangeline (1847), The Song of Hiawatha (1855), The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), and Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863, 1872, 1873). Versatile as well as prolific, Longfellow also won fame as a writer of short ballads and lyrics, and experimented in the essay, the short story, the novel, and the verse drama. Taken as a whole, Longfellow’s writings show a breadth of literary learning, an understanding of western languages and cultures, unmatched by any American writer of his time.

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
Suggestions for Further Readingxxxiii
A Note on the Textxxxvi
Longer Works
Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie (1847)3
From The Song of Hiawatha (1855)
IIIHiawatha's Childhood77
VHiawatha's Fasting83
The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858)92
From Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863)
The Landlord's Tale: Paul Revere's Ride148
The Theologian's Tale: Torquemada152
The Poet's Tale: The Birds of Killingworth158
The New England Tragedies (1868)
IJohn Endicott167
IIGiles Corey of the Salem Farms247
Finale318
Morituri Salutamus (1875)321
Shorter Lyric and Narrative Poems
From Voices of the Night (1839)
A Psalm of Life333
From Ballads and Other Poems (1841)
The Skeleton in Armor335
The Wreck of the Hesperus341
The Village Blacksmith345
From Poems on Slavery (1842)
The Slave Singing at Midnight347
The Warning348
From The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems (1846)
The Arsenal at Springfield349
The Occultation of Orion351
The Day Is Done354
Mezzo Cammin356
From The Seaside and the Fireside (1850)
Seaweed357
The Fire of Drift-Wood359
From The Courtship of Miles Standish and Other Poems (1858)
The Jewish Cemetery at Newport361
My Lost Youth364
The Ropewalk367
From Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863)
The Children's Hour370
Snow-Flakes372
From Flower-de-Luce (1867)
Hawthorne373
From Aftermath (1873)
Aftermath375
Posthumously collected
Nature (1877)376
The Cross of Snow (1879)377
Notes378

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