Walt Whitman described Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as the “universal poet of young people” (Kunitz 10). He is the “poet of the sympathetic gestures” whose poetry was a “universal pastime and delight” (Kinsella 256). During the early 1800s, the literary movement Romanticism became popular in literature. It emphasized passion over reason, imagination over logic, human feelings and individual freedom. Economic and social reform were emphasized and writers, like Longfellow, would base their writings off of medieval times, folklore and legends, nature and common people (Lipking 18/19). With the ambitious vibes and beliefs of the Romanticism period, along with his great childhood and calm nature, Longfellow became one of the most sought after writers of all time (Kinsella 256).
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) in Longfellow House said, “Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art to dust returnest, was not spoken of the soil. Not enjoyment, and not to sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each tomorrow find us farther than today.” ( Longfellow House Washington Headquarters 1) This means that life is something special to look forward to, death is not what we live for. We should live for tomorrow for the better. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an important figure in American History because he wrote poetry that influenced and also inspired many people in different ways during the 1900’s till today. He overcame a few obstacles to get to where he got himself during his lifetime. Even when he went through the worst, he made more effort to better his poetry and attending college. Longfellow is really someone to look up to because of that.
Holbrook, David. Llareggub Revisted: Dylan Thomas and the State of Modern Poetry. Cambridge: Bowes and Bowes, 1965. 100-101.
Allen, Donald, ed. The New American Poetry 1945-1960. Berkely, CA.: U. of California P., 1999.
George Washington Carver 	George Washington Carver was born in Diamond, Missouri at about 1865 as a slave child on Moses and Susan’s farm. Born and raised by his mother Mary, George was always having a whooping cough. One cold night, night raiders or slave robbers, came and took Mary and George from their home. The Carvers hired their neighbor, John Bentley, to go and find Mary and George. When John returned he had only brought back George and said that his mother could not be found.
William Butler Yeats One of Ireland's finest writers, William Butler Yeats served a long apprenticeship in the arts before his genius was fully developed. He did some of his greatest work after he was fifty. Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland, on June 13, 1865. His father was a lawyer-turned-Irish painter. In 1867 the family followed him to London and settled in Bedford Park.
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are,” is a quote which E.E. Cummings lived by (Brainy Quotes). Edward Estlin, often shortened to E.E., was a poetic genius that could be considered a translator of love. Cumming’s exciting life and loved ones influenced him to be such a great author that he is still remembered to this day.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls”. Elements of Literature: Fifth Course. Austin: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2008. 196. Print.