Many of his lines are as familiar to us as rhymes from Mother Goose or the words of nursery songs learned in early childhood. Like these rhymes and melodies, they remain in the memory and accompany us through life.
Despite his often-sentimental tone, Longfellow remains popular for his evocation of a vanishing America, its landscapes and occupations, and his simple affection for humanity. Early life and education Longfellow was born inthe son of Stephen and Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow. He was the second of seven children.
He was born and grew up in what is now known as the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, a Federal style house that was located on the corner of Hancock and Fore Streets in Portland, Maine. The house was demolished in His nature was at heart devout: His ideas of life and death, and of what lies beyond, were essentially cheerful, hopeful, optimistic.
He did not care to talk much on theological points, but he believed in the supreme good in the world and in the universe. He remained at the Portland Academy until the age of fourteen and entered Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in At the age of nineteen he graduated fourth in a class of 38 students.
At Bowdoin, he met Nathaniel Hawthornewho became his lifelong friend. After graduating inhe was offered a professorship at Bowdoin College with the condition that he first spend some time in Europe for further language study.
He toured Europe between andand upon returning, went on to become the first professor of modern languages at Bowdoin, as well as a part-time librarian.
During his years at the college, he wrote textbooks in French, Italian, and Spanish, and a travel book, Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage Beyond the Sea. Inhe married Mary Storer Potter of Portland.
InLongfellow was offered the Smith Professorship of French and Spanish at Harvard with the stipulation that he spend a year or so in Europe to perfect his German. Tragically, his young wife, who had accompanied Henry to Europe, died during the trip in Rotterdam, after suffering a miscarriage in Mary was only 22 years old when she died.
Inhe wrote a touching poem, "Footsteps of Angels," in her memory. During this time Longfellow came under the influence of German Romanticism. When he returned to the United States, he took up the professorship at Harvard University and began publishing his poetry, including Voices of the Night, inand Ballads and Other Poems, which included his famous poem "The Village Blacksmith," in Marriages Drawing of Fanny Appleton Longfellow Longfellow was a devoted husband and father, with a keen feeling for the pleasures of home.
But his marriages ended in sadness and tragedy. After his first wife died, Longfellow married Frances "Fanny" Appleton indaughter of the merchant Nathan Appleton, who bought the Craigie House  overlooking the Charles River as a wedding present to the pair.
While he was courting Miss Appleton, he frequently walked from Harvard to her home in Boston, crossing the river via the West Boston Bridge.
That bridge was subsequently demolished and replaced, inby a new bridge, which was eventually renamed as the Longfellow Bridge.
During their happy marriage, Longfellow sired six children two boys and four girls. He retired from Harvard indevoting himself entirely to writing. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of Laws from Harvard in Longfellow attempted to extinguish the flames, badly burning himself.
Fanny died the next day, on July 10, Longfellow was devastated by her death and never fully recovered.
The strength of his grief is still evident in these lines from a sonnet, "The Cross of Snow" which he wrote eighteen years later, to commemorate her death: Such is the cross I wear upon my breast These eighteen years, through all the changing scenes And seasons, changeless since the day she died.
A two-thirds scale replica was built in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Minnehaha Park  and once served as a centerpiece for a local zoo. His poetry is based on familiar and easily understood themes with simple, clear, and flowing language. His poetry created an audience in America and contributed to creating an American mythology.
He wrote the Unitarian hymn, "All are Architects of Fate.The most widely known and best-loved American poet of his lifetime, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow achieved a level of national and international prominence previously unequaled in the literary history of the United States.
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