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Criticisms based on realistic assumptions, whether Emerson's mild blame or Schoolcraft's praise, were, in Longfellow's eyes, fundamentally irrelevant: Hiawatha was, he stated, a kind of "American Prometheus," and the poem was "an Indian Edda," a recognizably poetic romance, based on ancient myths and traditions and thus to be read as an attractively colorful reflection not of Indian actuality, but of primitive imagination. The language and versification of Hiawatha were designed as part of its legendary effect.
46 Selected Bibliography Ultima Thule. Boston: Mifflin, 1880. In the Harbor. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882. Michael Angela. London: Houghton, Mifflin, 1883. Selected and Collected Editions Complete Works, edited by Horace E. Scudder. Riverside Edition. 11 vols. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1886. Reprinted in Standard Library Edition, with Life by Samuel Longfellow and illustrations. 14 vols. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1891. Reprinted also in Craigie Edition, with illustrations. 11 vols. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1904.
At the center is common-sensical Priscilla, quiet, loving, amused at her suitors' posturings, and busy at the spinning wheel emblematic of settled life with its civilizing domesticity. The marriage of John and Priscilla, however humorous its preliminaries, is nevertheless, in the barely surviving Plymouth colony that is the setting, an affirmation of faith in America's future and a promise of its fruitfulness. Thus the almost lush description of the climactic bridal day is without serious incongruity set forth in images of religious ritual and of fertility, as the sun issues forth like a high priest, with the sea a laver at his feet, and 36 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Priscilla rides on a snow-white bull to her wedding while golden sunlight gleams on bunches of purple grapes.