Definition of The Wreck of the Hesperus from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

The Wreck of the Hesperus

 
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a poem by the US poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It was in his collection Ballads and Other Poems (1841), which also included The Village Blacksmith. It tells the story of a father and his small daughter who die when their ship hits rocks during a storm. The phrase like the wreck of the Hesperus may be used to mean 'very untidy' or 'in a ruined state'. The poem includes these lines:
'O father! I see a gleaming light.Oh, say, what may it be?’But the father answered never a word,A frozen corpse was he.