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.
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.