Read The Courtship of Miles Standish by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Online


This is a poem about the courtship of Miles Standish and Priscilla Mullins and then the Marriage of Priscilla Mullins to John Alden...

Title : The Courtship of Miles Standish
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ISBN : 9781595479181
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 68 Pages
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The Courtship of Miles Standish Reviews

  • Tyler Stout
    2019-03-02 06:55

    What a refreshing change of pace. A great Sunday read about a long-ago ancestor. The book belonged to my great-grandfather, Howard Engh, and was given to me by my grandmother. A neat "decorative" book, it sat on my shelf for years and years until I was finally curious enough to open it up.In essence, it's a love-triangle of pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in the form of a poetic ballad.

  • Aimee
    2019-03-16 06:43

    but it was still better than the Twilight series.

  • Poiema
    2019-03-01 03:32

    I have read this many times, most often at the Thanksgiving season as a family read aloud. This time I listened to a very good audio version on Librovox. It is a lovely little historical gem, pitting the fiery Miles Standish against his friend John Alden in their pursuit of the lovely maiden Priscilla. Longfellow is quintessentially American, his love for new world romance shining through in every luminous passage. He ably weaves in Biblical imagery, so appropriate to the telling of this Puritan story. An hour invested in reading this poem gives the reader the pleasure of beautiful language, a dash of humor, and a satisfying happy ending that leaves the heart uplifted.

  • Sarah Bierle
    2019-03-06 00:32

    While I certainly wouldn't recommend taking an accurate history lesson from this poem, it is a delightful piece of writing. Telling the fictionalized story of the friends Myles Standish and John Alden who are both interested in the fair lady, Priscilla Mullins, the poem is filled with imagery of the beauty of nature interwoven with strong human emotions and the author's fictionalized ideal of Plymouth Colony.Longfellow is definitely one of my favorite American poets, and this poetry does not disappoint...but it's not a history lesson. :)

  • McLean
    2019-03-21 03:39

    There's some unfortunate rather casual racism with regards to the Native Americans in this story, but the rest of the story is a nice little slice-of-life picture of Pilgrim life. This will likely end up being a fairly regular Thanksgiving read for me.

  • Tom Lowe
    2019-03-21 05:54

    A good, romantic, sweet poem about two men in love with the same woman, and the better man gets the girl in the end. Once again, Longfellow's prose flows smoothly, giving more beauty to a beautiful story, proof that some writers have it, and some don't. Longfellow has it. I love to read his beautiful words and descriptions.

  • Emily Dybdahl
    2019-03-08 23:53

    An epic poem about Miles Standish, a hero and warrior of the Puritans who has lost his wife, Rose Standish, and is feeling lonely. He asks his much younger buddy, John Alden, to ask a beautiful and pure young woman named Priscilla if she will become the new Mrs. Standish. Miles knows that John is a man who has a way with words, whereas Miles is a little tongue-tied. John Alden is put in a tight situation because he actually has strong feelings for Priscilla, but he is bound by friendship and gives Priscilla Miles' message, but sort of botches it. Priscilla wants nothing to do with Miles Standish but understands that John Alden loves her. Alden confesses to Standish what happened and Standish is FURIOUS! He goes off to fight the Indians and word comes back that he was ambushed and killed. Alden is sort of sad but mostly happy to be free of his bond and marries Priscilla. Guess who shows up at the wedding? *spoiler alert*The old version of the book I read has several of Longfellow's shorter poems in it after The Courtship of Miles Standish: Prometheus, The Ladder of St. Augustine, The Phantom Ship, The Warden of the Cinque Ports, Haunted Houses, In the Churchyard at Cambridge, The Emperor's Bird's-Nest, The Two Angels, Daylight and Moonlight, The Jewish Cemetery at Newport, Oliver Basselin, Victor Galbraith, My Lost Youth, The Ropewalk, The Golden Mile-Stone, Catawba Wine, Santa Filomena, and Daybreak.

  • Julie
    2019-03-20 01:45

    I ran across an old (1896) copy of this in the library and I was instantly reminded of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving", in which Sally complains about how she has to give a report about Miles Standish, and Marcie refers to Peppermint Patty as Priscilla. The stitched binding, the heavy weight glossy paper with ink you could feel across the slippery pages certainly added to the pleasure of this read. The story though is indeed a classic. Longfellow's characters come to life quickly, and the story is compelling. Surprisingly, not a new world Cyrano de Bergerac, but more a story about the honor in bromance, and the wisdom of Priscilla. Just as "A Christmas Carol" has become an annual read in December; this is worthy to be an annual read for November. Would highly recommend.

  • Marcus
    2019-03-06 07:39

    It's a little cheesy at times:"Truly, Priscilla," he said, "when I see you spinning and spinning,Never idle a moment, but thrifty and thoughtful of others,Suddenly you are transformed, are visibly changed in a moment;You are no longer Priscilla, but Bertha the Beautiful Spinner."And awesome at others:"Look! you can see from this window my brazen howitzer plantedHigh on the roof of the church, a preacher who speaks to the purpose,Steady, straightforward, and strong, with irresistible logic,Orthodox, flashing conviction right into the hearts of the heathen.

  • Ruby Hopkins
    2019-02-26 06:41

    Have always loved this story, and fell in love with a beautiful, expensive hardcover edition (not this one :)) at Loganberry Books. After yearning for it for so long, I got it for my birthday one year, and it has remained one of my greatest treasures, not because of the book, but because even when I was really little I fell in love with the story of Priscilla Mullins and John... John... What's his name. Alden. Such a lovely poem and should be read by everyone, especially since Longfellow was writing about his ancestors.

  • Angel Parrish
    2019-03-21 06:27

    Another classic I'm ashamed I waited so long to read! What a great story in verse! This is filled with Biblical imagery. Would be great supplemental reading for Christian school or homeschool! The character traits of loyalty, honor, patience, and so many more...they abound! And a close-up look into the private life of the Pilgrims AFTER the first harsh winter. Great piece; FABULOUS lesson material.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-12 06:31

    I was vaguely familiar with this story thanks to my mother and an episode of Wishbone back in the day, but I'm glad I finally read it in its entirety. I enjoyed reading it aloud on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon and was quite impressed with some of Longfellow's insights into the female mind. 3 stars for its predictability and historical inaccuracies, but I love the verse.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-14 06:29

    I found this poem a bit disappointing. I am glad I read it as its plot is part of the local history of Massachusetts, dealing as it does with the Pilgrims first few years in Plymouth, and I have seen parts of the poem quoted many times before (especially Priscilla's remark to John Alden). However, I found the poetry itself lacking a bit compared to other of Longfellow's works.

  • Priscilla Ferrara
    2019-03-17 00:44

    I'm probably biased due to my name. However, I was not disappointed when I picked up this little story/poem. I always felt a tinge of shame for being so outspoken and direct with people but I'm glad to see there's another Priscilla that's not afraid to be assertive. :)

  • Benjamin
    2019-03-18 07:52

    Nice allusions all throughout the poem, but otherwise I guess I have to say it's not my style of poetry. Perhaps it's Longfellow in general, perhaps it's just this poem. I don't know that I've read anything else by him. But I think I'll go back to the likes of Coleridge and Tennyson for poetry.

  • Julie
    2019-03-04 03:55

    I decided to read it because it was one of the books in the game "Authors" which we played as kids. I'm glad I read it, but was glad when it was over. Not what I expected. I LOVE the poem of Paul Revere's Ride much more.

  • Sarah Smith
    2019-03-22 05:34

    This was way too long. I did like it, however.

  • Aryn
    2019-02-23 05:53

    The agony and loyalty of John Alden, wow! I love this, although I may be a bit impartial him being an ancestor of mine...

  • Laurel Hicks
    2019-02-24 06:38

    A great story beautifully told. Longfellow does a wonderful job of transporting the rhythm of Homer and Virgil to the New World.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-20 06:49

    Sweet! Historical narrative poem. I thought it was more humorous and romantic though it does bring to mind the very real dangers faced by the Plymouth Colony.

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    2019-02-22 01:45

    I like the humor in this one. It made me laugh. Lovely wording; I found myself getting caught up in a single phrase for moments at a time. Can't remember the last time I enjoyed poetry so much!

  • John Yelverton
    2019-02-28 05:28

    This is a really beautiful and well done work of literary romance which will warm your heart and soul.