Longfellow- Writing Incorporates Religion

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow incorporates religious themes into his poetical work. His religious beliefs were in favor of his Christian faith, unlike others who found all the negative aspects of Catholicism. His poetical works such as "Christus", "The Divine Tragedy" and "The Bells of San Blas" show his positivity toward the Catholic church. In Longfellow 's life, he went through periods of depression as a reaction to his wives ' deaths. During these times of sorrow, Longfellow turned to his faith which helped him move through the mourning process. In Longfellow 's pre-poet days, he served as a priest and went to college attending a religious class. Longfellow took his religion seriously, and expressed his fealty through his work.…show more content…
Stanza two in "God 's-Acre" insinuates how sacred the name "God 's Acre" is and how the deceased are comfortable in their graves knowing that they are going toward heaven. In "Blind Bartimeus", Longfellow inserts religion throughout the whole poem. For example line four " 'It is Christ of Nazareth! '" exclaims the coming of Christ. This poem tells the tale of Christ curing the blind. Longfellow shows his faith through this poem telling about a common bible story. Longfellow 's recoil from several aspects of the contemporary religious scheme cause him to lose much of his professional hope for the future.

Another work of Longfellow that included his faith was entitled "The Divine Tragedy". A character in "The Divine Tragedy" named Martha says, "Lord, dost thou care not that my sister Mary hath left me thus to wait on thee alone? I pray thee, bid her help me." Longfellow shows Jesus 's superiority through this character. Jesus always helped people in need, and throughout the epic, Longfellow uses characters to ask for help from Christ in order to show his divine trait and the helper of all in need. This play was composed in three acts and was based on the biblical account of Christ 's life. Longfellow intended to be a treatment of Hebraism and Hellenism. Hebraism is the religion of Jewish people who practice based on the Old Testament and the Talmud, and Hellenism is the principle and ideals associated with classical Greek civilization. The plot of this

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