February 27: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

On this date in 1807, the American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was born.

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An April Day

The poet celebrates spring, as nature recovers from the harshness of winter. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 1 minute 47 seconds. Reading level: 8.0. Word count: 209. Also available as a PDF.

Autum

A poem admiring the beauty, differences, and changes in seasonal weather. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 2 minutes 16 seconds. Reading level: 8.0. Word count: 303. Also available as a PDF.

The Day is Done

A poem about escaping from the sorrows and loneliness of the night by reading great works of literature. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 1 minute 53 seconds. Reading level: 9.0. Word count: 302. Also available as a PDF.

The Evening Star

A poem describing a star as if it were a beautiful woman. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 1 minute. Reading level: 9.0. Word count: 125. Also available as a PDF.

Flowers

Flowers contain all the beauty, love, hope, death, rebirth that is life, if one but looks closely. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 3 minutes. Reading level: 8.0. Word count: 485. Also available as a PDF.

A Gleam of Sunshine

A poem describing the beauty and the wonders of nature bathed in sunlight. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 2 minutes 23 seconds. Reading level: 9.0. Word count: 395. Also available as a PDF.

This poem/a> admonishes the reader to live fully<; get out and do things. The purpose of life is to live it. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 1 minute 46 seconds. Reading level: 8.0. Word count: 260. Also available as a PDF.

Rain in Summer

This poem uses the rain to describe time as eternal. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 3 minutes. Reading level: 9.0. Word count: 476. Also available as a PDF.

The Village Blacksmith

This is a poem about life from the focus of a widowed father and a wage earner (smithy) who works hard and steadily, earning from his effort. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 2 minutes. Reading level: 8.0. Word count: 342. Also available as a PDF.

The Wreck of the Hesperus

In this poem, a proud seaman refuses to heed warnings of a storm. As the weather worsens, he ties his daughter to the mast for safety, but soon the father and crew are killed in the icy storm. The ship then wrecks on Norman’s Woe, killing the daughter as well. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 4 minutes. Reading level: 8.0. Word count: 741. Also available as a PDF.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Works

An anthology of favorite Longfellow poems compiled by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Reading level: 8.7. Word count: 18,227.

Longfellow Portrait

Portrait of Longfellow from the ClipArt ETC website.

Longfellow Portrait

Illustration of the poet from the ClipArt ETC website.

Longfellow Portrait

Portrait of Longfellow from the ClipArt ETC website.

Longfellow's Birthplace

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthplace in Portland, Maine. from the ClipArt ETC website. At the time, the area was still a part of Massachusetts.

The Riedesel House

The Riedesel House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Longfellow’s poem, “The Open Window,” refers to this mansion. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.

King Robert of Sicily

In Longfellow’s poem, an angel took King Robert‘s place and made Robert the royal jester until he admitted he deserved it. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.