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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,
Life ... [+]

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Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
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Three Kings came riding from far away,
Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar;
Three Wise Men out of ... [+]

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I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
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Listen, my children, and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

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Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the... [+]