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The Courtship of Miles Standish

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This is a poem about the courtship of Miles Standish and Priscilla Mullins and then the Marriage of Priscilla Mullins to John Alden
Paperback, 68 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by NuVision Publications (first published 1858)
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Tyler Stout
Jul 29, 2013 Tyler Stout rated it really liked it
What a refreshing change of pace. A great Sunday read about a long-ago ancestor. The book belonged to my great-grandfather, Howard Engh, and was given to me by my grandmother. A neat "decorative" book, it sat on my shelf for years and years until I was finally curious enough to open it up.

In essence, it's a love-triangle of pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in the form of a poetic ballad.
Apr 26, 2011 Aimee rated it did not like it
but it was still better than the Twilight series.
Nov 30, 2015 Poiema rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I have read this many times, most often at the Thanksgiving season as a family read aloud. This time I listened to a very good audio version on Librovox. It is a lovely little historical gem, pitting the fiery Miles Standish against his friend John Alden in their pursuit of the lovely maiden Priscilla. Longfellow is quintessentially American, his love for new world romance shining through in every luminous passage. He ably weaves in Biblical imagery, so appropriate to the telling of this Puritan ...more
Sarah Bierle
Nov 25, 2015 Sarah Bierle rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, poetry
While I certainly wouldn't recommend taking an accurate history lesson from this poem, it is a delightful piece of writing. Telling the fictionalized story of the friends Myles Standish and John Alden who are both interested in the fair lady, Priscilla Mullins, the poem is filled with imagery of the beauty of nature interwoven with strong human emotions and the author's fictionalized ideal of Plymouth Colony.

Longfellow is definitely one of my favorite American poets, and this poetry does not dis
Jul 02, 2009 McLean rated it really liked it
There's some unfortunate rather casual racism with regards to the Native Americans in this story, but the rest of the story is a nice little slice-of-life picture of Pilgrim life. This will likely end up being a fairly regular Thanksgiving read for me.
Tom Lowe
Oct 13, 2016 Tom Lowe rated it really liked it
A good, romantic, sweet poem about two men in love with the same woman, and the better man gets the girl in the end. Once again, Longfellow's prose flows smoothly, giving more beauty to a beautiful story, proof that some writers have it, and some don't. Longfellow has it. I love to read his beautiful words and descriptions.
Emily Dybdahl
An epic poem about Miles Standish, a hero and warrior of the Puritans who has lost his wife, Rose Standish, and is feeling lonely. He asks his much younger buddy, John Alden, to ask a beautiful and pure young woman named Priscilla if she will become the new Mrs. Standish. Miles knows that John is a man who has a way with words, whereas Miles is a little tongue-tied. John Alden is put in a tight situation because he actually has strong feelings for Priscilla, but he is bound by friendship and giv ...more
Nov 13, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
I ran across an old (1896) copy of this in the library and I was instantly reminded of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving", in which Sally complains about how she has to give a report about Miles Standish, and Marcie refers to Peppermint Patty as Priscilla. The stitched binding, the heavy weight glossy paper with ink you could feel across the slippery pages certainly added to the pleasure of this read. The story though is indeed a classic. Longfellow's characters come to life quickly, and the story i ...more
Aug 14, 2010 Marcus rated it really liked it
It's a little cheesy at times:
"Truly, Priscilla," he said, "when I see you spinning and spinning,
Never idle a moment, but thrifty and thoughtful of others,
Suddenly you are transformed, are visibly changed in a moment;
You are no longer Priscilla, but Bertha the Beautiful Spinner."
And awesome at others:
"Look! you can see from this window my brazen howitzer planted
High on the roof of the church, a preacher who speaks to the purpose,
Steady, straightforward, and strong, with irresistible logic,
Ruby Hopkins
Jun 03, 2011 Ruby Hopkins rated it it was amazing
Have always loved this story, and fell in love with a beautiful, expensive hardcover edition (not this one :)) at Loganberry Books. After yearning for it for so long, I got it for my birthday one year, and it has remained one of my greatest treasures, not because of the book, but because even when I was really little I fell in love with the story of Priscilla Mullins and John... John... What's his name. Alden. Such a lovely poem and should be read by everyone, especially since Longfellow was wri ...more
Angel Parrish
Jan 22, 2015 Angel Parrish rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Another classic I'm ashamed I waited so long to read! What a great story in verse! This is filled with Biblical imagery. Would be great supplemental reading for Christian school or homeschool! The character traits of loyalty, honor, patience, and so many more...they abound! And a close-up look into the private life of the Pilgrims AFTER the first harsh winter. Great piece; FABULOUS lesson material.
I was vaguely familiar with this story thanks to my mother and an episode of Wishbone back in the day, but I'm glad I finally read it in its entirety. I enjoyed reading it aloud on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon and was quite impressed with some of Longfellow's insights into the female mind. 3 stars for its predictability and historical inaccuracies, but I love the verse.
May 05, 2014 Leslie rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, ebook, poetry
I found this poem a bit disappointing. I am glad I read it as its plot is part of the local history of Massachusetts, dealing as it does with the Pilgrims first few years in Plymouth, and I have seen parts of the poem quoted many times before (especially Priscilla's remark to John Alden). However, I found the poetry itself lacking a bit compared to other of Longfellow's works.
Priscilla Ferrara
Mar 26, 2014 Priscilla Ferrara rated it really liked it
I'm probably biased due to my name. However, I was not disappointed when I picked up this little story/poem. I always felt a tinge of shame for being so outspoken and direct with people but I'm glad to see there's another Priscilla that's not afraid to be assertive. :)
Nice allusions all throughout the poem, but otherwise I guess I have to say it's not my style of poetry. Perhaps it's Longfellow in general, perhaps it's just this poem. I don't know that I've read anything else by him. But I think I'll go back to the likes of Coleridge and Tennyson for poetry.
Jan 25, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
I decided to read it because it was one of the books in the game "Authors" which we played as kids. I'm glad I read it, but was glad when it was over. Not what I expected. I LOVE the poem of Paul Revere's Ride much more.
Sarah Smith
This was way too long. I did like it, however.
Jun 02, 2008 Aryn added it
The agony and loyalty of John Alden, wow! I love this, although I may be a bit impartial him being an ancestor of mine...
Laurel Hicks
Feb 07, 2009 Laurel Hicks rated it it was amazing
A great story beautifully told. Longfellow does a wonderful job of transporting the rhythm of Homer and Virgil to the New World.
Dec 30, 2015 Crystal rated it really liked it
Historical narrative poem. I thought it was more humorous and romantic though it does bring to mind the very real dangers faced by the Plymouth Colony.
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
I like the humor in this one. It made me laugh. Lovely wording; I found myself getting caught up in a single phrase for moments at a time. Can't remember the last time I enjoyed poetry so much!
John Yelverton
May 22, 2016 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
This is a really beautiful and well done work of literary romance which will warm your heart and soul.
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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.

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