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The Writer's Hour: Footprints on the Sands of Time

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The Chestnut Chair

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The Chestnut Chair / National Park Service, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

The chair is carved with designs of horse-chestnut leaves and blossoms and the seat rail is engraved with lines from the poem.

In the future I see everyone visiting Dexter Pratt's historic home, as a new kind of shop - a bakery. The cookies are delicious! Nearby chestnut trees are growing again.

Why does Papa work so hard at his career? Because poetry is his passion and he wants to touch the hearts of everyone. He says that poetry can "charm, strengthen, and teach." For this, he resigned teaching at Harvard University to write full time. But it can hardly be a chore if he calls the study his "palace of song." He works to make poems like songs. What is your favorite song today?

Many people ask where Papa finds ideas for his poems. He is inspired by everyday life. As you know, his own and the neighborhood children provided the ideas for <em>The Children's Hour, The Castle Builder, Children</em>, and many other poems. He welcomes the company of little ones in our home. He keeps an "emergency supply" of chocolate in his desk for visiting children. Papa encourages the girls to bring their dolls along to play - not their best ones - but those they can really play with.

 

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