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Analysis and comments on The Famine by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 31 of 71, added on March 19th, 2013 at 4:30 PM.
The Famine

First of all, this poem was very long... The poem obviously was about
starvation, as said in the title. I believe that the tone of the poem was
very sad and gloomy. The whole world was fading away because of starvation,
there is not enough food for the people. I think this because the poem
states, ďAll the earth was sick and famished; hunger was the air around
them.Ē Itís saying that the people were getting sick and could possibly
die, most likely the children. In the poem there was one particular child
that died from starvation, Minnehaha. At the end of the poem Minnehaha did
die and they respected the child and wished for the best and although she
died, she will be forever remembered.

Erica Bae from United States
Comment 30 of 71, added on March 19th, 2013 at 4:21 PM.
The Famine Interpretation

I think this poem is rather lengthy, like the other poems in the series of
the Song of Hiawatha. I believe that the subject in this poem is like
taking a wild swing in the dark, or hope, because Hiawatha and the rest of
the people (nation) are famished in a cold winter. Although the people are
starving, there are no animals, and the children and women are complaining,
they search on.

Jaime Park from United States
Comment 29 of 71, added on March 19th, 2013 at 1:03 PM.
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I think that this poem is trying to send out the message of hope, because
In the beginning it shows how harsh the winter is but then Hiawatha goes
out with his stuff and shouts to give his children food or they will perish
and to him food too or else he will perish. I think the tone of the poem is
supposed to be scary in my opinion because one thing after another happens
like it was a story and it seemed like it when the fever and the famine
left the house.

Gian Cua from United States
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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: The Famine
Volume: The Song of Hiawatha
Added: Jun 9 2005
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