Category Archives: Longfellow (Henry Wadsworth)

The Pleasure of a Pathless Wood

For Americans, wilderness is a more unkempt affair than it for Europeans.

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The Miraculous Ride of Tom Brady

If they win the Super Bowl, Brady and Belichick will become as legendary in the sports world as that patriot of old, Paul Revere.

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The Children’s Hour, Pros and Cons

Longfellow’s “Children’s Hour” may be overly sentimental but, as I played with my grandson, I found myself not caring.

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Look into Thine Heart and Write

Longfellow reenacts the Pentecost in this reflection up his changing relationship to nature.

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Peace on Earth and Good Will to All of You

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,” Tennyson writes in In Memoriam (see last Friday’s post).  Bells mark different stages in Tennyson’s grieving process, and bells also defined my Sewanee childhood: All Saints’ Chapel has a fabulous carillon, which would play every Sunday afternoon and on special occasions.  So to ring in 2010, I turned […]

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