Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poem

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“Into each life some rain must fall” (“The Rainy Day”). Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a writer and a poet who wrote about death often. In his life, he was given an honorary doctorate of Laws from Harvard. The famous poet died at the age of 75 from severe stomach pains on Friday, March 24. 1882. He left behind a trail of legacies. He was one of the most popular figures in America and Europe. He was buried next to his two wives in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, an American writer, used his life and philosophical ideas to write poetry about nature, death, and emotions.
Henry Longfellow grew up in a life where he was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps but broke away to poetry instead. At the age of fifteen, in 1822, Longfellow attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, along the side of his brother, Stephen H. His grandfather being the founder and his father being a trustee, his family was well known associated with the college.
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Henry had a way of tying things going on in society, his personal life, and emotions in his poetry. He wrote the poem, “Paul Revere's Ride,” which describes the night of April 18, 1775. The poem is not indeed spot on with the actual event because the actual event of Paul Revere's Ride was over a hundred years older than Longfellow. The poem starts off in Boston, Massachusetts, where Paul and a friend are speaking with one another about the British Army. The two men think that the soldiers are going to leave boston later that night but they are having trouble knowing whether or not they will go by sea or by land. Paul Revere has a plan to warn the people, but he needs to know what direction he should take, the two men come up with a secret code to warn each other of the direction. Longfellow wrote this poem, not to inform another person about the ride but to help warn the American Union that it was in danger of
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