Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Story: The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls

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Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Story: The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls/The Cross of Snow Members: Ryan Shaffer, Derek Erhahon, Xavier Brown 1. Writer's Background: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on February 27th 1807 in a three story federal style house in Portland Maine. Spending most of his life in his birth house with his seven siblings Stephen, Elizabeth, Anne, Alex, Mary, Ellen, and Sam. Henry was known for having a great imagination and having the thrill to learn. Not all was well after the War of 1812 broke lose and destroyed Portland's economy. His father was in the boston legislature and couldn't send Henry anything during the war. After the war ended in 1824, Henry was able to write his first poem when…show more content…
Point of view: -The poet is written completely in the third person point of view. The author never mentions himself or any other characters in the poem. He only refers to objects in nature. “Darkness settles on roofs and walls, But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls” (Longfellow) This allows the author to focus on nature’s beauty. The author does mention a lone traveller at the beginning and end of the poem, but that is the only human activity that takes place in the poem. “The day returns, but nevermore Returns the traveller to the shore.” (Longfellow) D. Plot structure/Analysis -In the poem Longfellow uses the tide to represent the course of life. The traveller continues to walk as he leaves behind some footprints, then they are washed away. “The traveller hastens toward the town, and the tide rises, the tide falls” (Longfellow) Longfellow says that no matter what happens, life will continue in the same way until death, even when things are washed away with the tide. The curlew call is meant to represent sadness and it’s voice of…show more content…
Significant Quotations: “A gentle face--the face of one long dead--” - Here Longfellow states that there is a face present in the room he is in, this is his wife. “Here in this room she died, and soul more white” -Here he is just talking about where the room he is writing his wife had died. “Looks at me from the wall, where round its head” - This is where longfellow says that the “gentle face” is a portrait of his wife looking at him from the wall. “Displays a cross of snow upon its side.” -Here Longfellow is talking about in another scene there is a mountain where the snow upon it resembles a cross, one similar to his chest. His heart is “frozen” “These eighteen years, through all the changing scenes” -He is saying here that his hearts “frozenness” has lasted 18 years. “And seasons, changeless since the day she died.” -Connecting to the line before this, he is saying that while in his hearts state, he sees time go by out in front of him, although for him himself, nothing has changed since the day she

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