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Analysis and comments on The Wreck of the Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 38 of 132, added on July 16th, 2010 at 3:24 PM.
wreck of the hesperus

My grandmother, Jewish, and clearly not a follower
of Longfellow's poetry in her city of origin, Lodz
Poland, would use the expressiion 'wreck of the hesperus' to oomment on an
untenable situation. I had
always wondered about the origin and on googling discovered the poem. What
made me seek it out is today
I was certain as my grandmother had been at times at
the same age as I am now that she looked like the reck of the hesperus.
enjoyed the poem particularly since
I have become a huge fan of Melville and Conrad and have been introduced to
destructive captains who bring down the innnocent with their arrogance and
do not accept the power of nature. So let's hear it for Lonfellow and
Grandma Mary Winokur.

rae edelson from United States
Comment 37 of 132, added on December 9th, 2009 at 9:59 AM.
The Wreck of the Hesperus

When I was a little girl in the early fifties, my fastidiously-groomed
grandmother (who grew up in the 1890's) used to say when she wasn't
satisfied with her own appearance, "Oh! I look like the Wreck of the
Hesperus!" And of course she often said it to me too, because my hair was
usually wild and messed up. I knew it meant messy somehow, but I didn't
know where Grandma got it from. I found myself spontaneously saying it to
myself as I got into the office this morning, late and rushed. I googled it
and found out it was a Longfellow poem, and was delighted to finally read
it. It's a link with Grandma!

Caron Lee Buechler from United States
Comment 36 of 132, added on November 1st, 2009 at 12:52 PM.

I did this poem in lower secondary sometime in the early sixties. Young as
I was then, I had thought how foolish it was of the father to have taken
his little daughter on such a voyage. With the passage of the years, I can
only recall the 1st 2 verses. Now as I re-read the poem as an adult, I
recognise the arrogance and the pomposity of man, akin to the builders of
the Titanic, that defied the elements of Nature, and ultimately met a
watery death. And as is almost always the case, the innocent ones also pay
the price. Still there is a lesson to be learnt from this beautiful poem.

lily lee from Malaysia
Comment 35 of 132, added on October 30th, 2008 at 10:18 PM.

i love hesperus it give me great joy in life

one time i lost the book and i cried

i found it again later i was happy i read it again

i like hesperus pome

iliekhesperus from Barbados
Comment 34 of 132, added on February 1st, 2008 at 11:07 AM.

Nice resource, very interesting reading...c

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Comment 33 of 132, added on January 9th, 2008 at 10:31 AM.

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: 2. The Wreck of the Hesperus
Volume: Ballads and Other Poems
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 15 2002


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