Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
|born on||27 February 1807|
|Place||Portland, Maine, 43n40, 70w15|
|Timezone||LMT m70w15 (is local mean time)|
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 The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets.
Longfellow studied at Bowdoin College. 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 (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, living the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a former headquarters of George Washington. 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 his translation. He died on 24 March 1882.
Longfellow wrote predominantly lyric poems, known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. Longfellow was the most popular poet of his day and is generally regarded as the most distinguished poet US had provided. He was such an admired figure that his 70th birthday was a national holiday.
His poetry shows great versatility. He had the gift of easy rhyme; he wrote poetry "as a bird sings with natural grace and melody".
He was gentle, placid, poetic soul, "absolute sweetness, simplicity and modesty" as one biographer wrote on him.
Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified it to 9.06.56 LMT.
Penfield speculated for 04.00 LMT.
- Traits : Personality : Loved by all
- Vocation : Writers : Poet
- Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Verbal skills
- Notable : Famous : Historic figure (the most popular poet)