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The author of the book: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Edition: Kessinger Publishing
Date of issue: September 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781430407737
Format files: PDF
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This poem is an optimistic view of the purpose of life. It is indeed a psalm with the rhyme scheme of abab, and the lyrical sound that comes from reading it. It is also a prayer of comfort: "Footsteps, that perhaps another, sailing o'er life's solemn main, a forlorn and shipwreck'd brother, seeing, shall take heart again."
This is a poem that one could live by, as well as one that could be read at a funeral. It is quite a contrast to "Thanatopsis" and it teaches a valuable lesson: that out actions (footsteps) can help others to "take heart again."
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Read information about the authorHenry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet 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 members of the group known as the Fireside Poets.
Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine and 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 (1842). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, though he lived the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a former headquarters of George Washington.
Longfellow predominantly wrote lyric poetry, known for its musicality, which often presented stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.
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