The Courtship of Miles Standish by Longfellow
The Courtship of Miles Standish
This narrative poem written in 1858 by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow tells a charming tale of a courtship during the early days of Plymouth Colony, the colonial settlement established in America by the Mayflower Pilgrims.
- Miles Standish
- Love and Friendship
- The Lover’s Errand
- John Alden
- The Sailing of the Mayflower
- The March of Miles Standish
- The Spinning Wheel
- The Wedding Day
The Courtship of Miles Standish: A 1949 performance
There was also a 1923 movie of The Courtship of Miles Standish, but I did not find a good online source for it.
Was Miles Standish a real person?
There actually was a real person named Myles Standish in New England, and it appears that Longfellow, a descendent of John Alden, crafted the poem around around a family legend about the famous courtship triangle.
Myles Standish (c. 1584 – 1656) was an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military adviser for Plymouth Colony. He accompanied them on the Mayflower journey and played a leading role in the administration and defense of Plymouth Colony from its beginning. Standish eventually became the first commander in chief of the Plymouth Colony militia and held that position for the rest of his life.