In America, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the first ever professional poet. He was born on February 27, 1807, in Portland. He was raised in a big family with his 6 brothers and sisters. He was born and raised under the influence of music in his family as his mother always encouraged her kids to learn and play music. Henry’s father was a prominent lawyer of his time and wanted Henry to be one too. However, destiny had other plans for Henry.
Henry always showed interest in language and writing. He kept studying languages even after his first marriage to Mary Storer Potter took place. Later on, he married Frances Appleton and had six children from her.
“Evangeline” got its acclaim in the year 1847. It is said that this beautiful poem was written by Henry on the basis of a story he heard from one of his good friend. Some of his brilliantly produced works include “The Song of Hiawatha”, “The Courtship of Miles Standish”, “Paul Revere’s Ride”, “Tales of a Wayside” and “Village Blacksmith”.
Longfellow lived a life where he saw love, companions, and loss. His second wife also died due to sudden fire that broke out in the house. With that, Longfellow mellowed for some time as a poet. Later he started doing translation work of many languages. Travel and writing kept him busy and occupied. One of the greatest poets of his time, Longfellow contributed to the American Poet society in each and every possible way.
This great soul departed from Earth in the year 1882. Though Longfellow is no more with us physically, his work is here to stay forever. He has been an inspiration to many other poets inspiring them to leave their day jobs to become full time poets. This is definitely a must read for all poem lovers.