Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 - 1882

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Frontispiece of The Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1893
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Born: 27 February 1807, Portland, Maine
Died: 24 March 1882, Cambridge, Massachusetts

For many years Longfellow was America's favorite poet. He seemed to easily create rhyme and rhythm in poetry that makes his work both readable and memorable, one of the few poets whose work I can read more than a few lines from at one time. He was one of the first poets to address American themes, and at a time when the new nation was ready to move on from the initial struggle to carve a civilization out of the wilderness, America was ready for some culture.

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