The Courtship of Miles Standish

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Cosimo Classics, 26.05.2020 г. - 126 страници

"Now we are ready, I think, for any assault of the Indians:

Let them come, if they like, and the sooner they try it the better,

Let them come if they like, be it saga more, sachem, or pow-wow,

Aspinet, Samoset, Corbitant, Squanto, or Tokamahamon!"

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish, 1858

The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858) is a poem by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about the early days of Plymouth Colony, the colonial settlement established in America by the Mayflower Pilgrims. It is, according to Longfellow, a true tale of a love triangle among Miles Standish, Priscilla Mullins, and John Alden.

Miles Standish was an English military officer who accompanied the Pilgrims on the Mayflower journey and became the first commander of the Plymouth Colony militia, which he remained for the rest of his life.

When the poem was published in book form in 1858, it became an overnight success in the United States, with 25,000 copies sold in the first two months. The story goes that 10,000 copies were sold in London on the first day of publication.

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HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (1807-1882), the most popular American poet in the 19th century, was known for such works as Evangeline, The Song of Hiawatha, and Paul Revere's Ride. He was one of the fireside poets, a group of 19th-century American poets from New England, whose poems about morality were very popular in the United States and overseas till the beginning of the 20th century.

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