Fireside Poets

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    William Cullen Bryant's Lifetime

    William Cullen Bryant was born on November 3, 1794 and died on June 12, 1878.
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    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Lifetime

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on February 27, 1807 and died on March 24, 1882.
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    John Greenleaf Whittier's Lifetime

    John Greenleaf Whittier was born on December 17, 1807, exactly 186 years before Brian Hamilton, and died on September 7, 1892.
  • "Thanatopsis" First Published

    "Thanatopsis" First Published
    William Cullen Bryant's most popular poem "Thanatopsis" is first publsihed in 1817, despite being written in 1811, when Bryant was only 17.
  • "The Song of Hiawatha" First Published

    "The Song of Hiawatha" First Published
    Inspired by Native American legends, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem "The Song of the Hiawatha" is first published on this date.
  • "Paul Revere's Ride" First Published

    "Paul Revere's Ride" First Published
    Inspired by Paul Revere's midnight ride in 1775, "Paul Revere's Ride" was written in 1860 and first published in January 1861. It is a landmark poem in the school of Fireside Poets.
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    The Civil War

    Fireside Poets reacted strongly to the Civil War, urging unity and peace; "Paul Revere's Ride" was originally written by Longfellow as a call to action for the North.
  • "Snow-Bound" First Published

    "Snow-Bound" First Published
    John Greenleaf Whittier's most popular poem, "Snow-Bound" was first published in book form in 1866.
  • Longfellow Translates "The Divine Comedy"

    Longfellow Translates "The Divine Comedy"
    After several years of work, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy" was released.
  • Whittier's 70th Birthday Party

    Whittier's 70th Birthday Party
    This party, thrown by Henry Oscar Houghton of the Atlantic Monthy magazine, was attended by many literary heavyweights, from Emerson to Longfellow to Holmes. It was a sort of culminating event in the Fireside Poetry movement. It was here that Mark Twain gave an infamous satiric speech about poets.