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The Song of Hiawatha
Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1855. 1st American edition, 1st printing with all the long articulated points. Top spine edge chipped, but a very good, bright copy. Ads (publisher's 12 page catalog) dated November, 1855, and though October ads are also seen (with no priority as per B.A.L.), the book was published in November, and it is not beyond reason to presume that the publisher was prudent, and bound the earliest copies with the most current ads. Replete with repetitions, rhythm, reverberations, ricochets, reiterations, resonance, rhyme, echo, assonance, and meter, all of it recognized, respected, revered, reviewed, hailed, venerated, deconstructed, adapted, and adopted, as an inheritance from Coleridge, Shelley, Byron and Poe. Utilizing them as guards and tackles, Longfellow tries to go deep down the sideline, and write an epic poem for the new world (whyever?). He panics in the pocket (call it happy feet), and overthrows his receiver, but Hiawatha has now clocked 156 years as the most famous long poem in the history of American literature. Very good.
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