Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was an American poet and educator, known particularly for his lyric poems. In this poem, Longfellow uses reassuring figurative language to describe an otherwise daunting aspect of life. This poem is for grade 8 students. As you read, take notes on Longfellow’s use of personification and rhyme, and how they contribute to the poem’s overall message. The poem “Nature” can be found in the public domain.