The Song of Hiawatha : Illustrated

The Song of Hiawatha : Illustrated

Description

The Song of Hiawatha is an 1855 epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that features Native American characters. The epic relates the adventures of an Ojibwe warrior named Hiawatha and the tragedy of his love for Minnehaha. Events in the story are set in the Pictured Rocks area on the south shore of Lake Superior. Longfellow's poem, though based on native oral traditions surrounding the figure of Manabozho, represents not a work of transmission but an original work of American Romantic literature. In his book on the development of the image of the Indian in American thought and literature, Pearce wrote about The Song of Hiawatha: "It was Longfellow who fully realized for mid-nineteenth century Americans the possibility of image of the noble savage. He had available to him not only poems on the Indian . . . but also the general feeling that the Indian belonged nowhere in American life but in dim prehistory. He saw how the mass of Indian legends which Schoolcraft was collecting depicted noble savages out of time, and offered, if treated right, a kind of primitive example of that very progress which had done them in. Thus in Hiawatha he was able, matching legend with a sentimental view of a past far enough away in time to be safe and near enough in space to be appealing, fully to image the Indian as noble savage. For by the time Longfellow wrote Hiawatha, the Indian as a direct opponent of civilization was dead, yet was still heavy on American consciences . . . . The tone of the legend and ballad... would color the noble savage so as to make him blend in with a dim and satisfying past about which readers could have dim and satisfying feelings."

Similar Books


ISBN 10: 1599150220
ISBN 13: 9781599150222

30 Mar 2006
William J Long

ISBN 10: 1925729222
ISBN 13: 9781925729221

23 Jan 2018
George Makepeace Towle

ISBN 10: 0395539641
ISBN 13: 9780395539644

26 Apr 1990
Clancy Holling Holling

ISBN 10: 0394846974
ISBN 13: 9780394846972

01 Jun 1987
James Daugherty

ISBN 10: 0486411079
ISBN 13: 9780486411071

28 Mar 2003
Thomas Bulfinch

ISBN 10: 0140309284
ISBN 13: 9780140309287

28 Oct 1976
Adrien Stoutenburg

ISBN 10: 1581824394
ISBN 13: 9781581824391

15 Apr 2005
George Grant

ISBN 10: 0141321016
ISBN 13: 9780141321011

02 Mar 2015
Roger Lancelyn Green

ISBN 10: 0590221973
ISBN 13: 9780590221979

01 Apr 1997
Walter Wick

ISBN 10: 162979306X
ISBN 13: 9781629793061

04 Oct 2016
Gretchen Woelfle

ISBN 10: 1853261106
ISBN 13: 9781853261107

01 Dec 1999
Captain Frederick Marryat

ISBN 10: 1922348147
ISBN 13: 9781922348142

01 May 2020
Ernest Thompson Seton