and other strictly American poems than on the prolonged labor of the ‘Golden Legend
He himself writes that some of the newspapers are ‘fierce and furious’ about ‘Hiawatha,’ and again ‘there is the greatest pother over “Hiawatha.”
, who translated the poem into German
, writes him from London
, ‘Are you not chuckling over the war which is waging in the “Athenaeum” about the measure from “Hiawatha” ?’
He had letters of hearty approval from Emerson
, and Bayard Taylor
; the latter, perhaps, making the best single encomium on the book in writing to its author, ‘The whole poem floats in an atmosphere of the American
’ The best tribute ever paid to it, however, was the actual representation of it as a drama by the Ojibway Indians
on an island in Lake Huron
, in August, 1901, in honor of a visit to the tribe by some of the children and grandchildren of the poet.
This posthumous tribute to a work of genius is in itself so picturesque and interesting and has been so well described by Miss Alice Longfellow
, who was present, that I have obtained her consent to reprint it in the Appendix to this volume.
's next poem reverted to hexameters once more, inasmuch as ‘Evangeline’ had thoroughly outlived the early criticisms inspired by