Shakespeare

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A vision as of crowded city streets,
    With human life in endless overflow;
    Thunder of thoroughfares; trumpets that blow
    To battle; clamor, in obscure retreats,
Of sailors landed from their anchored fleets;
    Tolling of bells in turrets, and below
    Voices of children, and bright flowers that throw
    O'er garden-walls their intermingled sweets!
This vision comes to me when I unfold
    The volume of the Poet paramount,
    Whom all the Muses loved, not one alone; --
             Into his hands they put the lyre of gold,
    And, crowned with sacred laurel at their fount,
    Placed him as Musagetes on their throne.

 

 


Title:

Shakespeare

Poet:

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Year of Publication:

1873

Form:

Italian sonnet

Literary Period:

American Romantic: Fireside

About the Poet:

1807-1882