Friday, February 17, 2006

15Jan1857, Longfellow's New Poem

HAGLEY, January 15th, 1857.
—In the evening the great Monro (staying at the Rectory) lectured in the school on Longfellow, chiefly his new poem " Hiawatha." It was about twice too long but delighted me much, from the surpassing beauty of his quotations, occasional grand poetry of his language, and the way he appre­ciates, and has made others appreciate, " Hiawatha," which is throughout curious and interesting and very beautiful in parts.

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