Selected Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Longfellow represents a transition between the classical poetry of Europe and the new poetry of America. Even though he was a classicist in form, Longfellow is considered part of the Romantic school due to his themes that center on common men and ordinary experiences. In addition to this, Longfellow writes with an optimistic view of life and a love for nature which are also tenets found in American Romanticism. His narrative poem, Evangeline, recounts the removal of the French settlers from Acadia (Nova Scotia) in 1755 because the peaceful farmers refused to swear allegiance to the king of England. The other poems in this edition represent some of Longfellow's lesser known poetry, which include in part "The Skeleton in Armor," his six sonnets fromDivinia Commedia, and "The Cross of Snow."