The third died, two weeks
After childbirth (Jane Seymour)
King Henry loved her more
Than any queen gone before.

Fourth, by arrangement,
Plain Queen Anne of Cleves
(King Henry ensures,
By divorce, that she leaves!)

I have searched endlessly to find the correct spellings for the 3 Catherines, but cannot find any two sources that are consistent, including my many encyclopaedias! Please forgive me therefore, if you think that these are incorrect spellings, but they are the most commonly used ones for each individual Catherine!

The third died, two weeks
After childbirth (Jane Seymour)
King Henry loved her more
Than any queen gone before.

Fourth, by arrangement,
Plain Queen Anne of Cleves
(King Henry ensures,
By divorce, that she leaves!)

I have searched endlessly to find the correct spellings for the 3 Catherines, but cannot find any two sources that are consistent, including my many encyclopaedias! Please forgive me therefore, if you think that these are incorrect spellings, but they are the most commonly used ones for each individual Catherine!

Theme:  I think the theme of this poem is about the doubtful thoughts that a parent has as they grow older. Longfellow wrote this poem about his children and the haunting questions he has about their future. He cares about his children and wonders how they will be able to cope once he dies. A Shadow is a very deep and thoughtful poem.

Literary Devices:  This poem has foreshadowing because the author is talking about the untold future of his children. "Be comforted; the world is very old," rhymes with "Thousands of times has the old tale been told;". 

Theme: I think the theme of this poem is about how much Longfellow cares for his daughters. Every day he sets aside time from his study to play with them, when most wealthy parents didn't in those days. It shows the joy they get from spending time together, and how closely bonded the family is. Longfellow wrote this poem with himself as the main character, and used his daughter's real names. 

Online Poems - netpoets.com


Poems of Henry van Dyke, The Paperback - amazon.com

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