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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Poems

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Longfellow was the most popular poet of his day. This selection includes generous samplings from his longer works--"Evangeline, The Courtship of Miles Standish, " and "Hiawatha"--as well as his shorter lyrics and less familiar narrative poems.
Published June 1st 1984 by Peter Pauper Pr (first published 1879)
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This volume of selected poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a true delight to read. The shorter poems in the beginning of this book already blew me away with their beautiful language, and I found many poems that I want to memorize. The excerpts from The Song of Hiawatha were strange at best, but with Evangeline Longfellow won my heart. The Courtship of Miles Standish with its witty and funny tone was a nice closure for this volume. The longer poems gave women a voice and showed their intelli ...more
Nov 10, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume of poetry was an enjoyable and inspirational read. While there are many controversies surrounding Longfellow's style and motivations, it cannot be denied that his work is wonderful and crafted well.

I could not locate my favorite compilation of his work on good reads. The antique books I collect are sometimes a challenge to locate and share, but here is the information.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Selected Poems Copyright 1967 By the Peter Pauper Press of Mount Vernon, New York. Edited
Jun 04, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Rainy Day' is my favourite poem from this book. So true and well written.
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Jul 04, 2015 Dusty Rowland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! Some good reading here.
Jun 11, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Longfellow is a pleasure, especially aloud.
Jun 12, 2012 Jeremy rated it liked it
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Nice to "get back into" Longfellow. I taught only a few of his poems, and that was several years ago. I remember starting "Evangeline" and really enjoying the beauty of the language; don't remember if I ever finished it. See more here:
I enjoyed Evangeline, and the rest was fine but that was it, just fine. I expected more.

Longfellow seems more a recorder, an historian, than an artist. Everything carefully sculpted and fit into its mold. Certainly has his place, though.

Aug 12, 2016 Dani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some poems I found to be extremely delightful, and some tested my patience. Worth the read anyways.
Oct 08, 2008 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hey, it's Wadsworth. Can I add to the millions of words already said about the man. Think not. Won't not. Don't not.
Jun 05, 2008 Zepp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The good ones are real good ones. Evangeline is thrill.
There are others, though.
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet 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 five members of the group known as the Fireside Poets.

Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine and studied at Bowdoin College. After spending time in Europe he became a prof
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