A Longfellow Renaissance

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow would have turned 200 this year, and celebrations are planned across the U.S., especially in Longfellow’s hometown of Portland, Maine. “With the rise of modernism toward the middle of the 20th century, Longfellow lost much of his luster… But there have been signs of a reversal over the past decade or two amid renewed respect for his poetry and a focus on other aspects of his life.”