A Man Without a Country Essays

“Breathes there the man” Sir Walter Scott From “The Lay of the Last Minstrel,” Canto Sixth II O Caledonia! Stern and wild, Meet nurse for a poetic child! Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land of the mountain and the flood, Land of my sires! What mortal hand Can e’er untie the filial band,…

1860s American Literature

Part Four in Diane’s American Literature Year 1 Course Series This is a good time of year for the load to lighten a bit.  Not knowing for sure what kind of progress we might be able to make through the list, I couldn’t have planned it this way, but our 1860s selections have fallen quite…

The Song of Hiawatha

Part Three in Diane’s American Literature Year 1 Course Series My grandpa was born in 1906.  He went to school in the ancient days of America when memorization was considered a good way to, well, remember things.  When I was a child, he could still recite large chunks of Longfellow’s Evangeline.  I believe I first…

The Song of Hiawatha Essays

In The Song of Hiawatha, the main character is a strong leader called Hiawatha.  He is like any other hero, in that he has “superpowers.”  He owns moccasins that, when he runs, with every footstep he goes a mile.  His mittens make him quite strong.  He marries Minnehaha, but she dies.  He ends up being…