The Story of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

By Catherine Owens Peare
Level 9

“I want to be a writer. My whole soul burns most ardently for it.” No one loved rambling through the woods and watching ships come and go from the port near his home as much as young Henry Longfellow. As he observed the world around him, words danced in his mind, and his very first poem, written at the age of thirteen, was a published success! Henry’s father, however, had other plans for his son. He wanted him to practice law. While respecting his father and persevering in his studies, young Henry found the way to follow his heart and become a great poet. His life was a grand, though sometimes heartbreaking, adventure, and the lessons he learned contributed to the greatness of his writing.

Region North America, United States
Period 19th Century, 1800s
Genre Biography
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  • Gentle Favorite
  • 3.5 Entertainment Value
  • 5 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 5 Literary Value
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