The Courtship of Miles Standish
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In 1858, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” One of his most popular romantic poems, it tells of a love triangle between three Pilgrims from Plymouth Colony. Both Miles Standish and John Alden are in love with Priscilla Mullins. Students will read the passage and answer questions on Longfellow's use of language.