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The Children's Own Longfellow:

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ISBN-10: 1406594393

ISBN-13: 9781406594393

Edition: 2008

Authors: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Language: English

During his lifetime, Longfellow enjoyed a popularity that few poets have ever known. This has made a purely literary assessment of his achievement difficult, since his verse has had an effect on so many levels of American culture and society. Certainly, some of his most popular poems are, when considered merely as artistic compositions, found wanting in serious ways: the confused imagery and sentimentality of "A Psalm of Life" (1839), the excessive didacticism of "Excelsior" (1841), the sentimentality of "The Village Blacksmith" (1839). Yet, when judged in terms of popular culture, these works are probably no worse and, in some respects, much better than their counterparts in our time.…