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The Wreck of the Hesperus and The Highwayman: A Compare and Contrast Essay on Love, Triumph and Betrayal Jordan Harper Pd. A4 Hunter S. Thompson once said, “For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.” In the ballads ‘The Wreck of the Hesperus” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes, they share similar as well as different purposes. Although Noyes’ poem demonstrates that eternal love will triumph over betrayal, and Longfellow’s poem reveals the tragic outcome of a sea captain’s pride, both poems share specific literary and poetic elements. In Longfellow’s poem “The Wreck of the Hesperus”, the poem is told as a story in poetic form, known as a narrative poem.…show more content…
For example, in Wreck of the Hesperus on line 81, “The salt sea was frozen on her breast” and in The Highwayman on lines 77-78, “Her musket shattered the moonlight, / shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him – with her death.” It’s also known that both female companions are beautiful by description. Sailor’s daughter is blue-eyed and rosy-cheeked while Bess was the landlord’s black-eyed daughter with a red love knot in her hair. Next, there is a common bond in both poems. In Wreck of the Hesperus, there is a father-daughter bond. The sailor brought his daughter to bear him company. In The Highwayman, there is an intimate relationship between Bess and Highwayman. Furthermore, there is a similarity in the climaxes: death. In Wreck of the Hesperus, the father doesn’t answer his daughter who bared him company throughout the rough seas. In the Highwayman, Bess shoots herself to warn the Highwayman that King George’s men were approaching. Lastly, in both poems, the females perish because the males are too confident in their misadventures. In “Hesperus”, the narrator implores Christ to save us from a death like us. In The Highwayman, the lovers reunite in the moonlight. Both writers include various amounts of figurative language to grasp understanding. In conclusion, “The Highwayman” and “The Wreck of the Hesperus” had many similarities and differences, despite the fact they were both romantic ballads. Through the
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