Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1807 - 1882

A member of the Romantic movement, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the best loved American poet of his lifetime. However, even though he was widely respected, he was also criticized for imitating European ways of writing and styles as well as for writing for masses exclusively. Nevertheless, he helped American literary life develop by exemplifying the possibility of a successful authorial career.

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What the heart of the young man said to the Psalmist


Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
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