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Responding to Longfellow: Gallery

On this page:   Poems  | Reflections  | Readings  | Student Responses  | Birthday Cards

In 2007, the following poems, letters, reflections, drawings, readings, and other items were created and submitted in response to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poetry. We asked writers, students, public figures, artists, and other people around Maine to tell us what Longfellow means to them in whatever format and medium seemed to make sense.

Poems

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Visionary Longfellow by L. Dowell (Gardiner, ME)

Cambridge: Spring by H.R. Courson (Brunswick, ME)

High in that Chair by K. Amoroso (South Portland, ME)

Rock Away with H.W.L. by F. Reilly (Portland, ME)

POETRY IS NOT DEAD! by J. Lukens (Newark, OH)

A Letter to Henry by Rose Morrow (Wells, ME)

Shadowy Elms by J.B. Sisson (Eastport, ME)

Ode To H.W. Longfellow by Marilyn Longfellow Francis (New Concord, OH)

Portland Land, Longfellow Land by Govind Pailoor, Ph.D., M.B.A. (South Portland, ME)

To Longfellow by Lee Evans (Bath, ME)

Reflections

Leaving Footprints for One Another by B. McBride (Manhattan, KS)

Me and Henry by E. Waterman (Kennett Square, PA)

Two Reflections on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Nancy Whiting Sears (Maine)

The Mouse Tower by Beverly Stanier (Center Sandwich, NH)

Looking for Portland's Past by Martha White (Rockport, ME)

"Henry Wadsworth Longfellow" by Bonnie M. Longfellow Hixson (Pinillas Park, Florida)

Readings and Performances

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The Arrow and the Song read by A. Eriksen (Flint, MI)

The Witnesses read by A. Eriksen (Flint, MI)

Mezzo Cammin read by A. Eriksen (Flint, MI)

The Rainy Day read by A. Eriksen (Flint, MI)

Seaweed read by A. Eriksen (Flint, MI)

Hiawatha's Fasting: A multi-media interpretation of Longfellow's Hiawatha performed by Kevin Tacka (Portland, ME)

My Lost Youth produced by Rachel and Grace Powell (New Gloucester, ME), www.brbfilms.com

Photographs

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Original photography by Nora Ordway (Kennebunk, ME) featuring quotations from Longfellow
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Original photography by Nora Ordway (Kennebunk, ME) featuring quotations from Longfellow

Student Responses

Responses are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF reader.

Longfellow poems illustrated by students and teachers at Longfellow School in Rock Island, Illinois

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The Castle Builder
Jaida, age 7
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Children
Vicki Peterson, teacher
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An April Day
a student

 

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A Day of Sunshine
Haylea, age 7
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Woods in Winter
Laura Erikson, teacher
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The Galaxy
5th grader

 

Fictional journal entries based on a Christmas season visit to the Wadsworth–Longfellow House by fourth and fifth grade students from Mrs. Noriss' class, Whitefield, Maine

Journal entry by Sarah Castle

Journal entry by Elise Day

Journal entry by Ezra

Journal entry by Olivia Fenderson

Journal entry by Robert Gorrill

Journal entry by Sawyer Maldovan

Journal entry by Michael McCormick

Journal entry by Dylan McMahon

Journal entry by Tabitha Spencer

Journal entry by Jacob Vigue

Journal entry by Tiffany Wilson

 

Poems from two of Mrs. Fanus' sixth grade students at Poland Community School, Poland, Maine, inspired by Longfellow

Ruined by Sally Littlefield

A Blank Stare by Zoe Leino

 

Birthday Cards

Cards are in PDF format. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF reader.

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