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3.05 "The Fireside Poets:
Local Poet Saves Navy Ship!"

The Virtual Times
Local News

Why were William Cullen Bryant, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell known as "The Fireside Poets"? America's Romantic poets were known as the fireside poets because their poems were shared by families as entertainment in front of the fireplace. Their poems covered a wide variety of themes and were immensely popular among intellectuals as well as the less educated.

Family sitting around fireplace.
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Find out
  • how Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem "Old Ironsides" saved a US Navy ship.
  • why Longfellow is known as the most popular poet America has ever produced.

Read the following two articles to learn more about each poet:

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Inside Edition

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Inside Edition

In Brief
Did you know that the famous poet, Oliver Wendell Holmes was also a doctor AND a descendant of Anne Bradstreet’s?