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"The Wreck of the Hesperus" is a narrative poem by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, first published inBallads and Other Poems in 1842. It is a story that presents the tragic consequences of a sea captain's pride. On an ill-fated voyage in winter, he brings his daughter aboard ship for company. The captain ignores the advice of one of his experienced men, who fears that a hurricane is approaching.