The Song of Hiawatha - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Audio Book) Reviews
Description:Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow / Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks / Narrative poem about the life of Hiawatha, a native American indian
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet who based his Song of Hiawatha on an amalgamation of many ... more
... North American Indian folk tales but mainly on those of the Ojibwee, a tribe who lived on the shores of Lake Superior. He also used the writings of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, a superintendent of Indian affairs, who had collected information about the indigenous peoples of North America, including their folk tales and traditions, and these were woven into the fabric of his epic poem, along with many words from the Ojibwee language. The poem was first published in 1855 and received considerable acclaim, though it ...more
I was first introduced to this poem as a child of about seven or eight years old when I was given a rather battered book by an elderly family friend. It gave me a lifelong love of poetry, especially narrative verse as well as showing me an entirely different view of the Native American to the one I had previously known. This wasn't the entire poem but an abridged version for children covering the boyhood, youth and early adulthood of Hiawatha and from the instant I opened the book and saw the first illustration showing a twilight scene of a lonely wigwam pitched beside a lake with a backdrop of tall, dark pine trees, I was utterly captivated.
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