The Song of Hiawatha | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Fred Lewis Pattee

This literature criticism consists of approximately 8 pages of analysis & critique of The Song of Hiawatha.
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Critical Essay by Fred Lewis Pattee

SOURCE: “Hiawatha,” in The Feminine Fifties, D. Appleton-Century Co., 1940, pp. 167-76.

In the following essay, Pattee discredits the Native American mythology in The Song of Hiawatha and discusses the many parodies of the poem.

In 1854, Longfellow, aged forty-four, abandoned his lifework of teaching, for which he had so thoroughly prepared himself, to make poetry his sole profession. He would build now that “tower of song with lofty parapet” of which so long he had dreamed. It was “no middle flight” he would take. He would write an American epic with gods and demi-gods on earth among men. And that meant Indians.

Ever since Chateaubriand, the “noble savage” theme had been presented as the one hope for an American literature. After the early “Leather-Stocking...

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