Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and James Russell
Both Longfellow and Lowell were great writers of
called the Fireside Poets. The Fireside Poets were great
writers in the 1800?s. Longfellow and Lowell were born
Longfellow wrote ?The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls? and ?A
Psalm of Life?. Lowell wrote ?The First Snowfall? and
although the stories behind each poem are different.
lost loved ones. Longfellow suffered the tragic deaths of
two wives. His wife, Mary Potter, suffered a miscarriage
and died of the resulting infection. Eight years later
short when she dies in a fire. Longfellow grew a think
beard to cover the scars he received when he went into the
house to try to save her. For Lowell, tragedy also hit.
wife as well.
Longfellow and Lowell also had many differences.
Longfellow was educated at Bowdoin College. He then
pursued further studies in Europe and later became a
professor at Bowdoin. Later he became a professor of
Law School but disliked it and gave it up after three years.
grew to be known as the most famous fireside poet. He
( unlike Lowell ) was able to overcome all the tragedy in his
life to excel in his poetry. Lowell?s writing was deeply
flawed by his sorrow. He wrote poetry about his sorrow.
In ?The First Snowfall? , he writes about his deceased
children. That is why Longfellow became the most famous
In closing, both Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and
James Russell Lowell were great writers of their time who
will live on forever