Henry Wadsworth

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Henry Wadsworth

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine -then still part of Massachusetts- on February 27, 1807 according to www.biography.com . He grew interested in ideas and cultures outside of his world. As a boy he enjoyed reading stories in foreign places and the well known Shakespeare plays. He would once in a while hear sailors speaking Spanish, French, and German in Portland streets. This triggered his literature and explorer mind even more.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow became one of the writers most recognized because of his intriguing writing that changed literature. Longfellow was and is writers' role model and guide to worthy literature.

Henry took a teaching a job at Harvard therefore leaving him no time to write anymore. Although he was looking for more. Longfellow searched for love in Frances Appleton but she refused to his marriage proposal. But later on she gave in, earning Henry the happiest eighteen years of his life.

After graduating from Bowdoin College, he returned in 1831 and married Mary Storer Potter. During this time Longfellow wrote his book full of descriptions over his travels called "Outré Mer". But unfortunately he spent a grieving year in Germany and Switzerland after his wife died during a miscarriage. Three years later, at the age of 32, Longfellow published his first collection of poems, "Voices of a the Night", "Ballads and Other Poems"as said in www.notablebiographies.com . This was the time he wrote and published "A Psalm of Life" leading the audience to admire his adversity and soon he became popular.

In 1847 Longfellow was inspired to write again and published "Evangeline"- www.poetryfoundation.org- a book length poem about what would be called by his audience "ethnic cleansing" and gained national culture. After realizing writing was meant for him he quit his teaching job and began publishing a lot of the work he is well known for. Some of them was "Hiawatha" and "The Courtship of Miles Standish" which became immensely successful. Nor can you forget his work over the nation's situation "Paul Revere's Ride". After his long line of successful works he wrote and published up to seven more books. His seventh-five was celebrated across the country but unfortunately a month after he died on March 24, 1882.

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