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The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nationality is a good thing to a certain extent, but universality is better. All that is best in the great poets of all countries is not what is national in them, but what is universal.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1855 (Photo courtesy the Longfellow National Historic Site)

Works Cited

Gioia, Dana. “Longfellow in the Aftermath of Modernism.” Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2004. Used with permission of Dana Gioia.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings. Ed. J.D. McClatchy. New York: Library of America, 2000.

Some text in the timeline and the text for "Longfellow's Homes" are cited from (used with permission of the Maine Historical Society), (used with permission of the Longfellow National Historic Site) and (used with permission of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn).

Works Consulted

Calhoun, Charles C. Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life. Boston: Beacon Press, 2004.

Irmscher, Christoph. "Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200." Harvard Library Bulletin, Vol. 17: Num. 3-4. Fall-Winter 2006.


Writers: Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts

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