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date: 23 July 2024

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworthlocked

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworthlocked

  • Susan Balée
  •  and Dana Gioia


Longfellow's words continue to echo in the English language, although few people nowadays could name the poet who first wrote the phrases so many have uttered: “Into each life some rain must fall,” “Footprints on the sands of time,” “The patter of little feet,” “Ships that pass in the night,” “When she was good, she was very, very good,” and many more. Longfellow wrote with clarity and moral conviction—two qualities that endeared him to his own time yet render him quaintly anachronistic in ours.


  • North American Literatures

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