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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)


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

Gioia, Dana. “On ‘Paul Revere’s Ride’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.” © 1998 Website Used with permission of the author.

Kennedy, X. J., and Dana Gioia, eds. An Introduction to Poetry, 11th edition. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2005.

Irmscher, Christoph. Longfellow Redux. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.

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

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


Writers: Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts; "Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha" handout by Charles C. Calhoun

Editors: Molly Thomas-Hicks and Dan Brady for the National Endowment for the Arts

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