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Lasting Impact

Longfellow remained the most popular American poet for decades.  When Poe criticized him, he was all but ostracized.  Longfellow remains the only American poet to be immortalized by a bust in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner

They took on causes in their poetry, such as the abolition of slavery, which brought the issues to the forefront in a palatable way.

Through their scholarship and editorial efforts, they paved the way for later Romantic writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman.

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