He spent much of his summers as a child at his grandfather Peleg's farm in Hiram, Maine. Even if time has proved him something less than the master poet he never claimed to be, Longfellow made pioneering contributions to American literary life by exemplifying the possibility of a successful authorial career, by linking American poetry to European traditions beyond England, and by developing a surprisingly wide readership for romantic poetry.
He heard the crowing of the cock, And the barking of the farmer's dog, And felt the damp of the river fog, That rises after the sun goes down. Also at age 13 he passed the entrance examinations for Bowdoin College, although his parents chose to have both Henry and Stephen complete their freshman studies at Portland Academy and delay the mile move to Brunswick and the new college until their sophomore year.
In the words of Dr. There is always a time in our life when we realize that those days are gone. Longfellow's thin books; spirited and polished like its forerunners; but the topic would warrant a deeper tone". The germ of the story reached Longfellow through the Reverend Horace L.
His model was Washington Irving, to whom he was introduced while in Spain, and Longfellow envisaged putting his experience to Irvingesque literary use. And yet, through the gloom and the light, The fate of a nation was riding that night; And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight, Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He began writing the poem the next day. When Alice, Allegra and Edith hatch a plot to surprise him, he is aware of their footsteps but pretends otherwise. In these verse dramas set in Puritan Massachusetts, Longfellow attempted to bring forward his story into relatively modern times post-Reformation and into the new world, though Quaker persecutions and the Salem witchcraft frenzy may seem unlikely illustrations of Christian charity.
In Germany, Longfellow settled down to relatively disciplined study in preparation for his Bowdoin professorship, though his readings there focused more on Spanish literature than German.
That bridge was replaced in by a new bridge which was later renamed the Longfellow Bridge.