American Poetry in the Age of Whitman and Dickinson

Poems of Places

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Quotations and whole poems (with occasional comment) from Longfellow’s multi-volume anthology Poems of Places.

Poems of PlacesAll but one of the volumes of the anthology are available in multiple formats from the Internet Archive. Here is a checklist (links on the numbers):

[vol. 1, 2, 3, 4] England and Wales
[vol. 5] Ireland
[vol. 6, 7, 8] Scotland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden
[vol. 9, 10] France and Savoy
[vol. 11, 12, 13] Italy
[vol. 14, 15] Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland
[vol. 16] Switzerland
[vol. 17, 18] Germany
[vol. 19] Greece and Turkey in Europe
[vol. 20] Russia
[vol. 21, 22, 23] Asia
[vol. 24] Africa
[vol. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30] America
[vol. 31] Oceanica


Listed in the order posted, with the geographical heading as given by Longfellow and the volume no. in brackets.

[1]:  From Seymour Green Wheeler Benjamin, “Thebes” [Egypt, Nubia, and Abysinnia, 24]

[2]: From “Maximillian, Roman King” by Graf von Auersperg (tr. John Osborne Sargent) [Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen), 17]

[3]: Opening of “Mount Beysitoun” by Nisami (tr. William Rounseville Alger) [Persia, 23]

[4]: Bishop Huet (tr. J. Duncombe), “Gothland” [Sweden, 8]

[5]: Lilia K. Dominis (tr. H. L. Sheldon), “Hawaiian National Anthem” [Hawaii, 31]

[6]: From Elizabeth Akers Allen, “Spring at the Capital” [Washington, D.C., 28]

[7]: Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham, “The Juvenis Adorans” [Berlin, 17]

[8]: Walter Thornbury, “The School-Boy King” [Brienne, 9]

[9]: Nicholas Michell, From Ruins of Many Lands [Afghanistan: Cabul (Cabool), 22]

[10]: Atrributed to Francisco de Rioja [actual author, Rodrigo Caro] (tr. William Cullen Bryant), from “The Ruins of Italica” [Italica, 14]

[11]: Lord Thurlow, “To A Bird that Haunted the Waters of Laken in the Winter” [Laken, 1]

[12]: Walter Savage Landor, “On the Death of M. D’Ossoli and His Wife Margaret Fuller” [Fire Island, N.Y., 27]

[13]: Michael Drayton, from Poly-Olbion [Plynlimmon, Wales, 4]

[14]: Nicholas Michell, from Ruins of Many Lands [Palmyra (Tadmor), 21]


Written by Ben Friedlander

June 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm

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