Arguably America’s most recognized poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the equivalent of a movie star in his day (1807–1882), and his epic poems, such as “Paul Revere’s Ride,” “Evangeline,” and “Song of Hiawatha” helped create the mythic vision of America that still exists today. Many of his lines and phrases such as, “Into every life a little rain must fall,” have weathered the centuries and become part of the cultural canon. Introduced by Maine poet laureate Wesley McNair, this collection of gems makes an excellent keepsake or gift.
Wesley McNair is the author of twenty books. He has twice been invited by the Library of Congress to read his poetry; has won the Robert Frost and Theodore Roethke Prizes, grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, and two grants in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006 he was selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s finest living artists. He is Maine’s Poet Laureate.