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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Family

early Life

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on February 27, 1807 in Portland, Maine, to parents Stephen and Zilpah Longfellow. He was born the second child out of eight. There was a unique way they remembered the order of which each child was born with rhyme. Stephen and Henry, Elizabeth and Anne, Alex and Mary, and Ellen and Sam. For the most part, his family life was very nurtured and educated. Many people that knew Henry would say that he had a "lively imagination" as well as the passion for learning. At the age of five, his parents send him to a private school where he mostly focused on languages and literature.

Career at Young Age

Bowdoin College

At thirteen, Henry publishes one of his first poems in the Portland Gazette, called "The Battle of Lovell's Pond", signed simply "Henry", which was about a battle between Colonists and Indians. No one in his family had known it was him that had written the poem, resulting in Henry overhearing his father tell a friend how terrible the poem actually was. The following year, he passed the exam for Maine's first college called Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

Teen/College Years

Henry went to Bowdoin College alongside his brother and graduated in 1825. His passion for writing continued to grow as he went through school. To expand his knowledge, he went on a three year long trip to study abroad. At one point, he was accused of plagiarism by Edgar Allen Poe, but it was made very clear that his work came from an even bigger imagination. Some would say he was "born again". Later in life, Henry began teaching French, Spanish, and Italian at Bowdoin. He eventually earned the Smith Professorship of Modern Languages at Harvard College. Wanting to improve his language skills even more, he went on another trip to Europe.


The type of poetry

Henry was one of the most loved nineteenth century poets. Most of the poems he wrote were myths and classic epics from American historical events.


James Fenimore Cooper
Washington Irving

Henry was greatly influenced by romantic novelists, James Fenimore Cooper and Washington Irving. Another one of his beliefs was from his Unitarian belief, associating with the New England Transcendentalists, and romantic literacy.

Works Cited

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 2005-2012. http://www.hwlongfellow.org/
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. New World Encyclopedia. 16 August 2014.


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