Chapter 1: Longfellow as a classic
The death of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
made the first breach in that well-known group of poets which adorned Boston
and its vicinity so long.
The first to go was also the most widely famous.
reached greater depths of thought; Whittier
touched the problems of the nation's life more deeply; Holmes
came personally more before the public; Lowell
was more brilliant and varied; but, taking the English-speaking world at large, it was Longfellow
whose fame overshadowed all the others; he was also better known and more translated upon the continent of Europe
than all the rest put together, and, indeed, than any other contemporary poet of the English-speaking race, at least if bibliographies afford any test.
Add to this that his place of residence was so accessible and so historic, his