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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, c. 1855 (Photo courtesy the Longfellow National Historic Site)

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.

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 (Reader's Guide pages 4-6), the text on page 7, and the caption on page 12 are cited from www.hwlongfellow.org (used with permission of the Maine Historical Society), www.nps.gov/long (used with permission of the Longfellow National Historic Site) and www.wayside.org (used with permission of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn).

Acknowledgements

Writers: Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts

Series Editor: Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts

Image Editor: Dan Brady for the National Endowment for the Arts

Special thanks to James Shea and Anita Israel of the Longfellow National Historic Site, Cynthia Hall Kouré of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Richard D’Abate and Alissa Lane of the Maine Historical Society, and Charles Calhoun.

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