Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Evangeline is one of Longfellow’s most popular poems and was once a great favorite with the American people. For many years almost every school child studied this poem during the middle school years. Although the decline of the reputation of the once-idolized poet has also brought neglect to this classic, it is still a very touching and expertly written work of art. It is based upon the tragic expulsion of the French settlers from Acadia (located in the Canadian maritime provinces) during the French & Indian War (1754-1763). Many Acadians died as a result of their exile, and many families were separated, including the heroine of this poem and her betrothed. Although she is a fictional character, statues of her and other memorials exist in Nova Scotia and other places now inhabited by descendants of the Acadians, later frequently known as “Cajuns.” (Introduction by Leonard Wilson)

Genre(s): Poetry, Narratives

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Intro and Part the First, section 1 Leonard Wilson
Play 02 Part the First, section 2 Leonard Wilson
Play 03 Part the First, section 3 Leonard Wilson
Play 04 Part the First, section 4 Leonard Wilson
Play 05 Part the First, section 5 Leonard Wilson
Play 06 Part the Second, section 1 Leonard Wilson
Play 07 Part the Second, section 2 Leonard Wilson
Play 08 Part the Second, section 3 Leonard Wilson
Play 09 Part the Second, section 4 Leonard Wilson
Play 10 Part the Second, section 5 Leonard Wilson