Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Critical Essay by George Saintsbury

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
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Critical Essay by George Saintsbury

SOURCE: “Longfellow's Poems,” in Prefaces and Essays, Macmillan and Co., 1933, pp. 324-44.

In the following essay, Saintsbury counters the critical backlash against Longfellow's verse.

When the news of Longfellow's death reached London, nearly a quarter of a century ago, the evening papers published it just at the meeting time of a small private literary dining-club, of which he, Victor Hugo, and one or two other great foreigners were members. I happened to be in the chair (or vice-chair, I forget which) that evening; and thus it fell to my lot to propose the toast of his name, with the silent honours usual in such cases. I might, I think, have claimed the office by something more than right of accident. For few people can have been “brought up” upon at least the...

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