Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Born the second of eight children into a prominent Maine family, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew to become one of the most popular American authors. His beloved family, and the devastating losses of two wives and one little daughter, served as inspiration for many of his poems about children and idyllic family life. His poetry is some of the most easy to understand and appreciate, to modern ears (in my opinion!). I hope you and your children enjoy getting to know him and his work.
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- Resources for teaching about “Paul Revere’s Ride”
- Watch this very well-done video of the poem “Hiawatha” and then use lesson plans here. recommended for grades 5-7
- “The Village Blacksmith” resources explore the role of blacksmiths in the late 18th/early 19th centuries. Be sure to click “Historical Source Items to Accompany This Project.”
- This blog post is from a tongue-in-cheek site, and has a playful tone, yet has some valuable insights on “The Village Blacksmith.” You might enjoy reading this and seeing if your students would enjoy trying to write something in a similar style.
- Lesson for “The Wreck of the Hesperus.” Focus is on mood, characterization, conflict, and the role of allusions.
- Here is the text for “The Wreck of the Hesperus” as well as an audio version.
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This video features many different quotes from Longfellow. He had so many profound things to say!
Do Not Miss This! Incredible! Absolutely captivating!
The epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha, has many different sections. This one focuses on his childhood.
Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride
I’m absolutely in love with this beautiful poem. Please do not pass this by. Henry’s deep adoration and love for his children comes through so beautifully here. His little daughter Fanny died when she was just 16 months old, making this even more touching. The portrait is of his three remaining daughters Alice, Edith, and Anne Allegra, who he mentions in the poem.
You can print the words to this poem here. I’m planning to copy it down during our copywork time. The words are so precious, and remind me of the love I have for my own children.
One of the things I love about this poem is how well it conveys the mood of dark and dreariness. In just one minute it can almost make me cry.
A Day of Sunshine
The Arrow and the Song
A beautiful rendition of The Wreck of the Hesperus.
The Ladder of St. Augustine
Listen to Longfellow’s entire book, Evangeline, here. (2 hours long)