Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Many people in today’s society tend to only listen to the beat of the song rather than the meaning, and vise versa. They either like the lyrics or like the beat and do not fully understand the meaning. For example, Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” is a very catchy song with a good chorus but the meaning is misconstrued. The meaning and the musicality is not intertwined. It is a song about a a disturbed kid going on a killing spree. Unlike Foster the People, people adore Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a nineteenth century poet, not because he had a good rhythm, but because he intertwines musicality and imagery. He merges sight and sound to establish a cinematic orchestra and paints a vivid image full of depth and personality. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow incorporates religion through the influence of nature and the strong presence of musicality in “The Cross of Snow”, “My Lost Youth”, “Autumn” and “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls”. Many of Longfellow’s influences on his works have sprouted from his early life experiences. Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine to Stephen Longfellow and Zilpah Longfellow. As a child Longfellow was known for his vivid imagination. Little did he know that his childhood experiences sparked many of ideas for his future works. Stephen Longfellow was a leading Portland lawyer who wished to start Longfellow’s education early. Thus, Longfellow began schooling at the age of three and attended college at fourteen. Gartner states that “The tier of
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