Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A critical analysis of the work of the American poet. Includes Christianity, sentimentality and conventional style.
# 19016 | 1,350 words | 3 sources | 1991 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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"This study will provide an analysis of the work of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The study will consist of the exploration of the views of three critics on the work of Longfellow.

Horace Scudder's critical analysis of Longfellow and his work is unbridled in its praise. Scudder writes of Longfellow's "long and noble career as a poet, singing in his own voice the songs that were the overflow of his native genius, enriched and expanded by the years of study and experiment" (Scudder xvi).

Scudder does note the brevity of some of Longfellow's earlier poetic works, but he quickly adds that Longfellow himself was aware of this shortcoming: "With the familiarity which Mr. Longfellow now had with great art and the consciousness he possessed of his own poetic power, he could scarcely have been..."

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