Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The educator and poet

The life of Henry W. Longfellow

Born in Portland, Maine in 1807.

Died 1882.

He became a national literary figure by the 1850's.

Wrote books like: Hyperion, The Song of Hiawatha, Evangeline A Tale of Arcadia, Paul Revere's Ride, Voices of the Night and Tales of a Wayside Inn.

Beloved 19th century poet, rivaling in popularity with Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Longfellow helped create a national literature based on American myths, history and landscapes in poems.

The Battle of Lovell's Pond

Cold, cold is the north wind and rude is the blast
That sweeps like a hurricane loudly and fast,
As it moans through the tall waving pines lone and drear,
Sighs a requiem sad o'er the warrior's bier.

The war-whoop is still, and the savage's yell
Has sunk into silence along the wild dell;
The din of the battle, the tumult, is o'er,
And the war-clarion's voice is now heard no more.

The warriors that fought for their country, and bled,
Have sunk to their rest; the damp earth is their bed;
No stone tells the place where their ashes repose,
Nor points out the spot from the graves of their foes.

They died in their glory, surrounded by fame,
And Victory's loud trump their death did proclaim;
They are dead; but they live in each Patriot's breast,
And their names are engraven on honor's bright crest.



T- The Battle of Lovell's Pond

P-The poem is about what a soldier sees and goes through

C- Positive-> Warriors, Glory, Fame, Victory's, Patriot's, Honor's.

A- The speaker is respectful of the soldiers and uses words like Glory and honor to describe them.

S- A shift occurs after the line about foes. The speaker is now speaking about after they win the war.

T- A Soldiers Sacrifice.

T- the theme of this is to respect the soldiers.

Connection to poem

The woman in this painting is leading these men on to victory. Much like the soldiers in the poem she is willing to sacrifice herself in the name of what she believes in.

Music that influenced the Romantic Era

Schubert : Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485 I. Allegro
Hector Berlioz - Rakoczy March
These two song connect with the poem because one song is cheery like the soldiers would've been when the war was over. You can see this at a 1:00 into the symphony no.5 . on the other hand is the song titled the march. at 2:30 the song quiets down as if the soldiers were sneaking around.