The Wreck of the Hesperus: Questions for Analysis

Readers are asked to locate and identify various literary devices in The Wreck of the Hesperus, Longfellow’s recounting of the events at Norman’s Reef in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Consider extending the lesson by asking your pupils how these devices are used to construct the picture of this arrogant captain and to make a statement about his losing battle with the elements. Save us all from a death like this.    

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