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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Biography
Written By: Charissa Pincock
"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done."

Born in the days of when Maine was part of Massachusetts, legend Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is an iconic symbol of American literature today and to come. The second son of seven children, Longfellow started education with his older brother at age three. At age six, he would be able to understand Latin grammar, spell, read, and multiply and would go to college at the age of fourteen. Longfellow graduated at the top of his class in Bowdoin with classmates like Nathaniel Hawthorne and was given a job there as a professor after studying abroad. With no available text, Longfellow began his writing career by writing his own. He would then, after five years of teaching, be appointed professorship to Harvard over modern languages. It would only be five more years before Longfellow published his first book of poems, Voices of the Night, and resign from teaching to spend more time on writing. Gaining popularity from poems such as The Psalm of Life, Longfellow began writing The Song of Hiawatha and would become famous for his historic poems that would draw on American roots. Longfellow’s Paul Revere’s Ride made a then unknown American hero famous and reminded the United States of the deportation of a race of people in Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie. A good friend with other literary giants, Lord Tennyson, Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Julia Ward Howe, Henry Longfellow was known by everyone. Guilty of inspiring generations of writers, Longfellow is still quoted today with phrases as “footprints on the sands of time” and “the ship that pass in the night.” Longfellow’s 75th birthday was celebrated like a holiday across the country and with his death a month later, the country was in mourning. Longfellow helped build a nation and is still doing so.

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