HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
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My Lost Youth: Longfellow's Portland, Then and Now

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Old Portland Academy

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I REMEMBER THE GLEAMS AND GLOOMS THAT DART
ACROSS THE SCHOOL-BOY'S BRAIN;
THE SONG AND THE SILENCE IN THE HEART,
THAT IN PART ARE PROPHECIES, AND IN PART
ARE LONGINGS WILD AND VAIN.

Henry went to "Ma'am" Fellows' school at the age of three to learn his alphabet, and to the town-supported school at the age of five, according to Calhoun. He did not like the roughness of the town children at the public school and was sent by his parents the next year to a private school, Portland Academy. Henry was a fine scholar and a sociable young man.

 

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