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The Courtship of Miles Standish
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It is unknown whether the story was taken from real-life, or if it was an American folk tale. One critic liked some aspects of the poem. He complained about other aspects though. Longfellow wrote the poem in an unfamiliar meter, Greek hexameter, and used medieval words.
- The Courtship of Miles Standish, and Other Poems, 1858 edition, at books.google.com.
- The Complete Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at Project Gutenberg — includes this poem.
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