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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow incorporates religious themes into his poetical work His religious beliefs were in favor of his Christian faith unlike others who found all the negative aspects of Catholicism His poetical works such as Christus The Divine Tragedy and The Bells of San Blas show his positivity toward the Catholic church In Longfellows life he went through periods of depression as a reaction to his wives deaths During these times of sorrow Longfellow turned to his faith which helped him move through the mourning process In Longfellows pre-poet days he served as a priest and went to college attending a religious class Longfellow took his religion seriously and expressed his fealty through his work Christus although thin and disorganized was Longfellows attempt at a religious epic Longfellow loosely employs the virtues of faith hope and charity as the basis of organization It was originally planned as a dramatizing of the process of Christianity but he only left his mark in the first and third parts of Christus Before he began writing Christus he was in a loftier mood This uplifting mood eventuated into this attempted religious epic Spoken by Edith a character in Christus Yea I believe The Inner Light and not the Written Word To be the rule of life tells that Longfellow believes that the inner religious self should be taken more seriously than writing He believes that whatever faith is in the heart is was that person should believe in In Longfellows background he was seemed to be raised as a respectable Catholic Longfellow never appeared to break the law meaning he was brought up well and behaved with dignity Even though the Wadsworths and Longfellows were predominantly enterprising laymen men who are not clerics they did have faith Longfellows brother Samuel Longfellow became a priest and Longfellow wrote a hymn for his Samuel Longfellows ordination into the church Overall Longfellow lived the life of a Christian gentleman Depression was a
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