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is the soulful story of young lovers separated during the deportation
of Acadians from their homeland in 1755. It is, as Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow said, "
the best illustration of faithfulness
and the constancy of woman
Evangeline spends her life searching for Gabriel who has remained
faithful to her. In the end, they are reunited in a poorhouse where
they have a moment of spiritual healing before he dies in her arms.
is a story of survival - the survival of a people who faced rejection,
homelessness, hunger, and other adversities wherever they were disembarked
in the American colonies. Evangeline was read all over the world
and became a mirror for the displaced Acadians to recognize themselves
and reunite as a nation - a nation without borders, a people without
was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's first and most popular epic poem.
It is written in non-rhyming hexameter, which reads like prose.
Layne Longfellow, a descendant of Henry's cousin, Michael, reads
the poem with a voice from deep in his soul, allowing the hexameter
to "soar and sink at will, now grazing the ground in its long
sweep, now losing itself in the clouds," as Henry described.
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