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Although the poet may not have been talking about himself, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow indeed became one of the "great guys" reminding several young Americans who they too can "create their lives sublime" in a time when the country was developing and slowly but finally moving towards Civil War. In his famous poem "A Psalm of Life", he informs us that "Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime" During this age, Longfellow became one of the most popular American poets, drawing admiration from greats such as Charles Dickens and Walt Whitman. The writer's poetry inspired many with a feeling of confidence and succeed, fostering morale of the young nation and afterwards soothing the nation in a time of warfare. Henry wasn't without his own adversities, however. The creative genius's own losses threatened to nearly drive out his enthusiasm for poetry. After a moment, Longfellow discovered to draw from these experiences to help him with his exalting works. The events of 19th century America, coupled with personal experience, serves to affect the attractive and gentle writings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Born in Portland, Maine while it was still portion of Massachusetts from the early 19th century, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew up in a well-to-do, yet big, family. He needed a romantic mindset for a child, studying many adventurous stories of overseas setting. Longfellow first fell in love with Mary Storer Potter after graduating from Bowdoin College. They got married in 1831 after he returned from studying language in Europe to teach his former alma mater. Unfortunately, the young author's happiness didn't last, as four years later Mary died due to a miscarriage. After a year-long mourning interval, Henry started to teach at th...