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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Cambridge, ca. 1872

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Cambridge, ca. 1872 / NPS, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

Papa writes from the heart. Here's a photo of him capturing an idea with his scratchy, quill pen. But sometimes the ideas just don't come. "Writer's Block" needs a big dose of inspiration like rain after a drought. This happened in 1861. No poems came to mind. Then one day he visited The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts. At this charming, historic inn, the setting inspired Papa to write <em>The Tales of the Wayside Inn</em>. In the style of Chaucer's <em>Canterbury Tales</em>, imaginary travelers share fascinating stories for entertainment. One of the most celebrated is <em>The Landlord's Tale, Paul Revere's Ride</em>.

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year?


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