A thoughtful lion, vigorous American poet. An icon in his time, Longfellow’s poetry has been memorized by millions of school children and movies were made from his stories.The author of “Hiawatha”, “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”, hundreds of other wonderful story poems about life, love, and brave adventure in America.
He lived during the reign of England’s Queen Victoria and I think was a bit reactionary in writing his epic poems about the wild and wooly early America, during a time when all the swells here were mimicking high teas. But for sheer lyrical adoration of the sensitivities, the beauty, and poetic language of the American Indian, he’s never been matched. His words are all picture and power. I wanted braids down my back and a birchbark canoe the first minute I met Hiawatha on the shores of Gitchigoomi, at the business end of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s pen.