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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1868
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1868

Born

February 27, 1807 Portland, Maine

Died

March 24, 1882 Cambridge, Massachusetts

Occupation

Poet Professor

Alma mater

Bowdoin College

Spouses

Mary Storer Potter Frances Elizabeth Appleton

Children

Charles Appleton Longfellow Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fanny Longfellow Alice Mary Longfellow Edith Longfellow Anne Allegra Longfellow

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and was one of the Fireside Poets from New England.

Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, which was then still part of Massachusetts. He studied at Bowdoin College and, after spending time in Europe, he became a professor at Bowdoin and later at Harvard College. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night and Ballads and Other Poems . Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, and he lived the remainder of his life in a former Revolutionary War headquarters of George Washington in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on translating works from foreign languages. He died in 1882.

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If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.

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For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

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The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.

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For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art.

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Resolve and thou art free. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Resolve and thou art free.

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The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.

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All things must change to something new, to something strange. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All things must change to something new, to something strange.

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The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.

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The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.

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However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.

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Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.

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Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom.

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People demand freedom only when they have no power. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

People demand freedom only when they have no power.

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Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companions slept, they were toiling upward in the night. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companions slept, they were toiling upward in the night.

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Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.

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Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.

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