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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator. He became a Harvard scholar versed in several European languages. He was heavily influenced by romanticism and made a name as a poet and novelist with works like Hyperion, Evangeline, Poems on Slavery and The Song of Hiawatha.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was enrolled in a dame school at the age of three and by age six was enrolled at the private Portland Academy. In his years there, he earned a reputation as being very studious and became fluent in Latin. His mother encouraged his enthusiasm for reading and learning, introducing him to Robinson Crusoe and Don Quixote.

In the fall of 1822, the 15-year old Longfellow enrolled at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, alongside his brother Stephen. His grandfather was a founder of the college and his father was a trustee. There, Longfellow met Nathaniel Hawthorne, who would later become his lifelong friend. He boarded with a clergyman for a time before rooming on the third floor of what is now Maine Hall in 1823.He joined the Peucinian Society, a group of students with Federalist leanings.



Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage Beyond the Sea (Travelogue) (1835)

Hyperion, a Romance (1839)

The Spanish Student. A Play in Three Acts (1843)

Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (epic poem) (1847)

Kavanagh: A Tale (1849)

The Golden Legend (poem) (1851)

The Song of Hiawatha (epic poem) (1855)

The New England Tragedies (1868)

The Divine Tragedy (1871)

Christus: A Mystery (1872)

Aftermath (poem) (1873)

The Arrow and the Song (poem)

Poetry collections

Voices of the Night (1839)

Ballads and Other Poems (1841)

Poems on Slavery (1842)

The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems (1845)

Birds of Passage (1845)

The Seaside and the Fireside (1850)

The Courtship of Miles Standish and Other Poems (1858)

Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863)

Household Poems (1865)

Flower-de-Luce (1867)

Three Books of Song (1872)

The Masque of Pandora and Other Poems (1875)

Kéramos and Other Poems (1878)

Ultima Thule (1880)

In the Harbor (1882)

Michel Angelo: A Fragment (incomplete; published posthumously)


Coplas de Don Jorge Manrique (Translation from Spanish) (1833)

Dante's Divine Comedy (Translation) (1867)


Poets and Poetry of Europe (Translations) (1844)

The Waif (1845)

Poems of Places (1874)


  • Other Work

    • Author: (volumes of poems) Hyperion, 1839. Voices of the Night, 1839. Ballads and Other Poems, 1841.Poems on Slavery, 1842. Evangeline, 1847


Married Mary Potter, September 14, 1831. Married second, Frances Appleton, July 13, 1843.

Zilpah (Wadsworth) Longfellow