This was the second Longfellow epic poem I have read in the past year, following The Song of Hiawatha. I enjoyed Evangeline much more. I almost took it out of the list after Hiawatha, as I was only “meh” (technical term) on that one. I’m glad I didn’t. Evangeline is a tale of a woe and perseverance following a love-stricken Acadian maiden, written in 1847. I’m a fan of Homer’s work, and it was been said Longfellow was reading Homer as he wrote this. The takeaway I believe is suppose to be to keep hope alive. I’m more of a she wasted an opportunity at life guy though.