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The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Mind Map: The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Born 1807 & died 1882

Wrote poems about noble sentiments that caught the spirit of his time.

His most popular works were Evageline, "The Courtship of Miles Standish, & "Paul Revere's Ride".

He taught European languages at Bowdoin College & Harvard College.

Literary Elements

Rhythm- the pattern beats created by the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables, especially in poetry. Rhythm gives poetry a musical quality, can add emphasis to certain words and may help convey a poems meaning. Quote: " The tide rises, the tide falls, the twilight darkens, the curlew calls."

Personification- figure of speech in which an animal, and object, a force of nature, or an idea is given human characteristics. Quote: "The little waves, with their soft, white hands, efface the footprints in the sands."

Theme- the central message of a work of literature that readers can apply to life. A literary work may have more than one theme. Quote: " The day returns, but nevermore returns the travelor to the shore."


Nature continues even after human life is long over.

Footprints symbolizes evidence of life, and the tide washing them away symbolizes the human life is small in the grand scheme of the world.

The tide rises and the tide falls is repeated to show that the world continues long after human life is over.

Romantic Charcteristics

Interest in the common man and childhood

Strong senses, emotions, and feelings

Awe of nature

Celebration of the individual

Importance of imagination