Henry Longfellow's Life

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland Maine on February 27, 1807 into a New England family. His father was a lawyer and was pressured to have a vey good profession Portland Academy then later when to college at Bowdoin College and graduated in, 1825. At school Henry was great a learning language and because of this he was offered by his father to a professorship for modern languages. To learn more about language he when to Europe in fact he had to create a new textbook because this understanding of language was at whole different level. After studying languages for three years in Europe Henry left and returned to America after two more years he marry Mary Storer Potter. Then Henry published Outre Mer in 1883. After Henry accepted a professership in Harvard University but did not start his new job untill, 1837. Then after he  completed his tour of European Northern countries however during his trip his wife died. While staying in Germany he begain to work on German romantic poetry. Then published Hyperion a romance.After a trip to Europe in 1842 Longfellow wrote and publisheed poems on slavery. Also this volume contained the popular "The Old Clock on the Stairs" and"The Arrow and the Song.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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When the summer fields are mown, 1

When the birds are fledged and flown, 2

And the dry leaves strew the path; 3

With the falling of the snow, 4

With the cawing of the crow, 5

Once again the fields we mow 6

And gather in the aftermath. 7

Not the sweet, new grass with flowers 8

Is this harvesting of ours; 9

Not the upland clover bloom; 10

But the rowen mixed with weeds, 11

Tangled tufts from marsh and meads, 12

Where the poppy drops its seeds 13

In the silence and the gloom. 14


One stanza that stands out to me is ," when the birds are fledged and flown,"

this is because I think that Longfellow is saying that he loves to see the

bird vibrant feathers during the summer. Overall in this poem Longfellow is trying to tell

you what he likes about each season and what they bring. For example in 4th and 5th

stanza's were",with the falling of the snow, with the cawing of the crow," this shows

that after the cold long winter he hears the cawing of the crow and he knows that glory of spring has begon.

Then Longfellow talks about how spring is the time of work because they have to start planting their crops because this is the time for things to grow and to watch as life creeps through the death of winter this is shown in stanzas 6, 11, 12, 13. I think that this poem relates to his life because his father tryed to set him up for greatness in life however as a result he had a very busy childhood, so maybe Longfellow tryed to get away for it all and just watch nature and to enjoy its beauty which later effected his writing. In this poem the rhyme sceem was a, a, b, c, c, b, d, d, f, g, g, g ,f


O gift of God! O perfect day:
Whereon shall no man work, but play;
Whereon it is enough for me,
Not to be doing, but to be! Through every fibre of my brain,
Through every nerve, through every vein,
I feel the electric thrill, the touch
Of life, that seems almost too much.
I hear the wind among the trees
Playing celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.
And over me unrolls on high
The splendid scenery of the sky,
Where though a sapphire sea the sun
Sails like a golden galleon,
Towards yonder cloud-land in the West,
Towards yonder Islands of the Blest,
Whose steep sierra far uplifts
Its craggy summits white with drifts.
Blow, winds! and waft through all the rooms
The snow-flakes of the cherry-blooms!
Blow, winds! and bend within my reach
The fiery blossoms of the peach!
O Life and Love! O happy throng
Of thoughts, whose only speech is song!
O heart of man! canst thou not be
Blithe as the air is, and as free?


What stands out to me most in this poem is the he is calling out to god to

saying how thankful he is. In this poem he is trying to tell you what he sees outside

where he is and how amazing it looks to him. It shows this when he says "the splendid scenery of the sky."

He is saying how the sky is around him. I think he is writing about nature because he always traveled

around the world and came to appreciate nature. The rhyme sceem in this poem is a,a,b,b,c,c,d,d,e,e,f,f,g,g,h,h,i,i,j,j,k,k,l,l,m,m,n,n,o,o,p,p,q,q,r,r.

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