Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was an American poet and educator, known for his lyrical and narrative poetry. He was one of the most popular poets of his time and played a significant role in shaping American literature. Longfellow’s works often focused on historical and mythological themes, and he was particularly known for his ability to create vivid and evocative imagery.

Longfellow’s most influential works include “Voices of the Night: Ballads and Other Poems” (1839), which was his debut collection and established his reputation as a poet. This collection showcased his talent for blending romanticism with moral and philosophical themes. It included notable poems such as “The Psalm of Life” and “The Village Blacksmith,” which became widely anthologized and beloved by readers.

Longfellow’s literary style was characterized by his use of regular meter and rhyme, making his poetry accessible and enjoyable to a wide audience. He often drew inspiration from European literature, particularly from German and Scandinavian folklore. Longfellow’s ability to combine universal themes with a distinct American voice made him a prominent figure in the development of American literature.

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