Longfellow in 1868

Longfellow in 1868

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow |

Longfellow in 1868 by Julia Margaret Cameron |
Born | February 27, 1807
Portland, Maine, U.S. |
Died | March 24, 1882 (aged 75)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. |
Occupation | Poet
Professor |
Literary movement | Romanticism |
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the fiveFireside Poets.
Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, then part of Massachusetts, and studied at Bowdoin College. After spending time in Europe he became a professor at Bowdoin and, later, at Harvard College. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems(1841). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, living the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a former headquarters of George Washington. His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on his translation. He died in 1882.
Longfellow wrote predominantly lyric poems, known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing 
Life and work
[edit]Early life and education

Birthplace of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Portland, Maine, c. 1910. The house was demolished in 1955.
Longfellow was born on February 27, 1807,...

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