I make no secret of being a classic literature junkie, so it's kind of surprising that I never read this epic poem before now. "Evangeline" is the story of the Acadian diaspora, in which the English king ordered certain people out of Nova Scotia and had their farms burned to the ground. Those people became the so-called Cajuns of Louisiana.
This is the story of the titular Evangeline, who is separated from her fiancé, Gabriel, due to the diaspora. They wander all over the place looking for one another, only to find each other years and years later when Evangeline is a Quaker nurse and Gabriel is dying.
Longfellow's poetry is gorgeous and evocative, and the story is a beautiful one (albeit pretty darned sad).
This is a must-read if you love the classics.