William Cullen Bryant AndHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
outline•Similarity:• They belongs to the some period- Romanticism• These two belongs to a group- The Fireside Poet Differences:• Life• Literary Achievement• Masterpieces
Body (differences) Henry Wadsworth William Cullen Bryant Longfellow Life Life Literary Achievement Literary Achievement Masterpieces Masterpieces The Song ofThanatopsis To a Waterfowl A Psalm of Life Hiawatha
Life• Born Nov.3,1794,Cummington, Mass.• 1817, hisThanatopsis—best poet in America.• Bryant worked as a lawyer in until 1825.• Married and moved to New York City and worked for the New York Review and then the New York Evening Post in 1826.• First American writer of verse to win international acclaim.• As an associate editor, he became editor in 1892 and remained in that post until his death.• Died June 12,1878,New York City.
Literary Achievement• One of American’s earliest naturalist poets• Called “the American Wordsworth”• The Fireside Poet• Major works: Thanatopsis To a Waterfowl The Lliad and The Odyssey of Homer (translated works-- into English blank)
• Influence: father of nineteenth century American journalism as well as the father of nineteenth century American poetry ——Vernon Louis Parrington Bryant was seeking a uniquely singular American voice with his writing, which could be set apart from the culture of the mother country, England.
• The Fireside PoetThe Fireside Poets (also known as the Schoolroom or Household Poets) were a group of 19th-century American poets from New England.The group is typically thought to comprise Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, who were the first American poets whose popularity rivaled that of British poets, both at home and abroad.
Thanatopsis(a view of death) Thanatos (death) Opsis (seeing). The title presents the poem as a way of seeing death. All of these words are associated with death and burial. This furthers the idea of the poem presenting a way of looking at death.
Thanatopsis(a view of death) Bryant “develops a view of death which represents a sharp break from the Puritan attitude toward man’s final destiny. To the Puritans, death was seen as a preliminary to an after line. Bryant, however, treats death as part of nature, the destiny of us all, and the great equalizer.
To a Waterfowl • “To a Waterfowl” is written in iambic trimeter and iambic pentameter, consisting of eight stanzas of four lines. • The poem represents early stages of American Romanticism through celebration of Nature and Gods presence within Nature
Life• Was born on February 27, 1807• Was enrolled in a dame school at the age of three and by age six was enrolled at the private Portland Academy• He printed his first poem – a patriotic and historical four stanza poem called "The Battle of Lovells Pond" – in the Portland Gazette on November 17, 1820.• He pursued his literary goals by submitting poetry and prose to various newspapers and magazines
• After graduating in 1825, he was offered a job as professor of modern languages at his alma mater• In May of 1826, Henry set out for Europe to turn himself into a scholar and a linguist• At 22, he was launched into his career as a college professor• In 1834, he was appointed to a professorship at Harvard and once more set out for Europe by way of preparation
• Evangeline was published in 1847 and was widely acclaimed• He died on March 24, 1882
Literary Achievement• One of the first poets to take the landscape and stories of North America as his subjects, Longfellow became immensely popular all over the world• He was the first American commemorated in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey.• He was given honorary degrees at the great universities of Oxford and Cambridge, invited to Windsor by Queen Victoria, and called by request upon the Prince of Wales.• He was also chosen a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and of the Spanish Academy
• Major works: The Arrow and the Song Children The Song of Hiawatha Hymn to the Night A PSALM OF LIFE The Village Blacksmith The Day Is Done
A Psalm of Life• TELL me not, in mournful numbers, • Be not like dumb, driven cattle !• Life is but an empty dream ! — • Be a hero in the strife !• For the soul is dead that slumbers,• And things are not what they seem. • Trust no Future, howeer pleasant ! • Let the dead Past bury its dead !• Life is real ! Life is earnest! • Act,— act in the living Present !• And the grave is not its goal ;• Dust thou art, to dust returnest, • Heart within, and God oerhead !• Was not spoken of the soul. • Lives of great men all remind us• Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, • We can make our lives sublime,• Is our destined end or way ; • And, departing, leave behind us• But to act, that each to-morrow• Find us farther than to-day. • Footprints on the sands of time ;• Art is long, and Time is fleeting, • Footprints, that perhaps another,• And our hearts, though stout and • Sailing oer lifes solemn main, brave,• Still, like muffled drums, are • A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, beating • Seeing, shall take heart again.• Funeral marches to the grave. • Let us, then, be up and doing,• In the worlds broad field of battle,• In the bivouac of Life, • With a heart for any fate ; • Still achieving, still pursuing, • Learn to labor and to wait.
Conclusion• According to this presentation, we can learn a lot, the two poets-- William Cullen Bryant and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. What we get to know is their spirits, their ideas at their period, and then we understand the society underground at that time by reading their works.• They made contributions to the development of literature and their works benefit us forever.