Mr. Longfellow s Evangeline was published in 1847, and the discussion which his use of hexameters aroused was renewed repeatedly in the following years. His next important poetical work was The Golden Legend, published in 1851, and he was still brooding over the full conception of CJ iristns when his reading of the Finnish epic Kalevala gave impulse to a desire he had long had to weave the Indian legends into a connected poem. The result was Hiaivatha, at which he worked with great enthusiasm; not only because the theme interested him, but because he felt the exhilaration of release from daily academic duties, his resignation of his professorship having taken place in 1854. Hiazvatha appeared in 1855, and then his mind reverted to Christns, and he began to consider the subjects which afterward took form in TJ ie Nezc England Tragedies.
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