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Wreck of the Hesperus

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Wreck of the Hesperus is a haunting and tragic poem that tells the story of a sea captain who ignores warnings of an impending storm and sets out to sea with his daughter on board. The vivid imagery and vivid descriptions painted by Longfellow make the reader feel as if they are right there on the doomed ship, feeling the wrath of the storm and the despair of the characters.

The poem is filled with themes of pride, folly, and the consequences of ignoring advice from others. The sea captain's hubris leads to the tragic loss of his daughter and his own demise, serving as a cautionary tale for readers about the dangers of arrogance and recklessness.

Longfellow's mastery of language and ability to create atmosphere really shines through in this poem. The rhythm and rhyme scheme of the verses make for a captivating and memorable read. Overall, Wreck of the Hesperus is a powerful and affecting work that highlights the destructive power of nature and the consequences of human folly.

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LibriVox volunteers bring you ten recordings of "The Wreck of the Hesperus” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,the Fortnightly Poem for August 31, 2014. May we each be spared from the wreck of pride on the reef of Norman's Woe.

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