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Evangeline and Other Poems

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  13 reviews
It has been said that a copy of Longfellow's narrative poem Evangeline could be found in every literate household in America in the nineteenth century. Certainly its poignant romance touched many hearts and stirred deepening interest in the Maine-born Harvard educator who, in his lifetime, would become America's most famous poet. This book contains the complete Evangeline ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 12th 1995 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1912)
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Mike
Jul 13, 2013 Mike rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to read something to a bedridden person they hate
I read this aloud to my plant Evangeline and it died. Thank ye, Shannon. ;)
Brian
You know... you would have thought that this is something I should have read already. I'm a Cajun. My dad traced our ancestors back to Grand-Pre and to France. In fact we went to France a couple of years back and found the home of some of our ancestors that after fleeing Grand-Pre resettled in central France. I grew up in the swamps of Louisiana after my great-great-great... grandfather fled south. This is about my culture and I overlooked this gem for 47 years.

Well, it was a good read, though s
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Mona
This edition of selected poems by Longfellow features the epic poem "Evangeline", which narrates the tale of two lovers separated during "The Great Upheaval", or Britain's forced removal of the Acadian people to the American colonies during the French and Indian War. The poem relies heavily on natural imagery and invocations of the Trinity, and is written in dactylic hexameter, which was also used for Homer's Illiad and Odyssey.

Despite really liking some of the other (shorter) poems in this col
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Christopher
This Dover Thrift Edition makes an economical and convenient introduction to the work of Heendry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), the American poet who sort of provided the antithesis to Walt Whitman by always looking back to the continental European canon in writing verse on American themes. The volume contains his long poem "Evangeline" and is rounded out with 9 shorter poems.

"Evangeline" (1847) is a long poem in dactylic hexameters on the expulsion of the Acadians, the French settlers of Nov
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Dylan Grant
I really wasn't prepared for how intensely good this book was. Henry Longfellow's love for his European ancestors shines through in every word, and as a man of European descent who is also intensely proud of the accomplishments of his ancestors this book really resonates with me.

The first couple of poems in this book are just plain fun. Especially "The Skeleton in Armour", which could easily be told at a campfire for both its atmospheric creepiness and for its homage to the Scandinavian sagas.
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Valerie
I recently read an edition of Evangeline in which about half the book was taken up by critical material. This version is almost solely the texts of this and other poems, though there is information (in the table of contents) as to where to find the originals. It claims to be 'unabridged'--we'll see how Evangeline compares. Ok, it's more or less comparable, less most of the glossary and critical material. There are some glossing footnotes, which still don't cover things like Longfellow's use of t ...more
Ren
Nov 17, 2008 Ren rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
In reading “Evangeline” I had a hard time reconciling the issue of Evangeline’s high femininity with her position as a woman hero. For me, a woman hero, or for that matter a hero in general, is one that transcends the gender barriers of her/his time, at least to some degree. She/he must incorporate within herself/himself the positive qualities of both sides of the binary as much as possible. A sort of androgynous person would be the ideal hero. Evangeline is almost an embodiment of “ideal” femin ...more
Matthew Metzdorf
I love H.W. Longfellow. His woeful long free verse poem "Evangline" is among the most heartbreaking poems of American Literature. But more than that, the lesser known works featured in this volume show his range, with many beautiful rhyme schemes that have fallen out of use over the years. Couplets and Tercets and Odes to poets past round out this glorious volume that I got for a dollar thankyouverymuchhalfpricebooks
Bethany Richter
I don't spend much time in poetry. But from my limited foray, Longfellow is my favorite.

I love rhyming, I'm not a fan of obscure symbolism. I like a ballad. Longfellow delivers.

Favorites: Evangeline,
Jane
Sep 14, 2008 Jane rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jane by: Dave
Shelves: own
Got this book as a gift from a friend. It is a nice collection of poems by Longfellow, both short and lengthy (for a poem).
Kate Daly
Evangeline is an all-time favorite, which I share with my grandmother.
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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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