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These are many great poets Longfellow is one of the few poets that put together novel type works He created some of the best poetry ever written Longfellows narrative poems such as Evangeline The song of Hiawatha and The Courtship of Miles Standish gave a romanticized view of Americas early history and democratic ideals Evangeline is one of the best long poems ever written by any author Its popularity at through all class distinctions It was read and loved and pondered over in humble cottages Wagonknecht P85 Evangeline was the first long poem in America literature to live beyond its own time and it would be impossible to exaggerate its vogue either at home or abroad Wagonknecht P85 The historical basis of the story was supplied in 1755 by the expulsion of the French settlers from the vicinity of the boy of Minas in Acadie as an incident of the conflict between France and England for possession of the North American continent Wagonknecht P86 In the poem Evangeline they are unable to find Gabriel Evangelines party arrives at a village and finds Gabriels father Basil who tells Evangeline that Gabriel had left only the day before with a party going to the Ozark Mountains to trade for moles with the Spaniards The priest assures her however that the party will return to the mission in autumn when the hunting season is over Evangeline decides to accept the priests advice to await her lover at the mission But the autumn comes and passes with no Gabriel so she again resumes her pursuit Williams P153 154 Gabriel Lajeunesse in his passiuity and elusiveness is unconsciously fleeing from Evangeline rather than seeking her out Certainly he is no dominating and aggressive Odysseus anymore than Evangeline is a merely
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