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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Barbara Sparhawk

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Oil portrait
American Poet 1807 – 1882.
A man of great ferocious tempo and histories. Still one of the most popular of our poets: Hiawatha, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, etc.
Henry Longfellow lived almost fifty years of his life while Queen Victoria ruled Britain from 1837 – 1901. There may have been some concentrated American effort to stand apart by lauding our pioneers and savage North America, and it sure wasn’t thwarted by being politically correct. Imagine while high tea was being mimicked on Park Avenue, this famous yankee poet had the courage to come up with the swashbuckling but doomed fantasy (loosely based on history c.1400) that started on the shores of Gitche Gumee, progressed to Daughter of the Moon Nokomis and right up and into the shining Big Sea Water! It was an instant & roaring success. Enough feathers were ruffled to make parodies galore, but it’s 125 years later and I’m not the only one who still remembers Longfellow’s words and wants a feather in my braid. The story teller poets were marvelous conjurers, Longfellow one of the best.
I met Nokomis when I was about seven years old and longed to make that birch bark canoe, moonlight, and woody adventureland my own. And Longfellow’s incredible epic of courage, mysticism, language, wildlife, and natives on these shores remain about one of the greatest tributes to Indian nations ever composed by anybody.

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  • cathy savels
    cathy savelsabout 7 years ago

    Great oil painting!

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkabout 7 years ago

    Thank you so much, Cathy.

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 7 years ago

    Great work!

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkabout 7 years ago

    Thank you Cathy.
    Thank you Antanas. I wasn’t sure about displaying it, faster work than I usually do on portraits (maybe that’s the secret!) but now I’m glad I did.

  • Jeremy Harrington
    Jeremy Harringtonabout 7 years ago

    this is fantastic

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkabout 7 years ago

    Very kind of you, many thanks, Jeremy.

  • orourke
    orourkealmost 7 years ago

    great work,nice familiar feel to this, and great life storey, not a big reader but could not stop myself.

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 7 years ago

    Thank you Jeremy! Thanks O’Rourke! Longfellow somewhat forgotten these days, in school a few decades ago we had to memorize his wonderful poems. I hope this brings him back a bit.
    I’ve enjoyed seeing the work you do, too.

  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful work of my favorite poet.

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks Von, I’m so pleased to hear that! I been laughing to myself imagining this might just revive some interest in Hiawatha.

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