For week 22, I read Evangeline: a Tale of Acadie by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. And by following this link here, you can read it for free, too!
Evangeline is a really lovely poem about a woman who, along with the rest of her town, is cast from her homeland and separated from her loved ones. She spends her life waiting and searching, holding on to her old memories while others from her town start over and create new memories. The story is about love, faith, and loss. I think it’s meant to encourage people to hold onto their faith, and to hold onto hope even when things seem hopeless. It seems that Evangeline moves forward with the hope that things will return to the way that they were before losing her homeland. Her religion sustains her throughout.
This epic poem left me feeling, more than ever, that it’s incredibly important to let go of the past and to move on. Don’t waste your life chasing something that no longer exists! Live life for yourself.
Thank you so much for reading! 🌞