February 27: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
On this date in 1807, the American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was born.
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In this poem, a proud seaman refuses to heed warnings of a storm. As the weather worsens, he ties his daughter to the mast for safety, but soon the father and crew are killed in the icy storm. The ship then wrecks on Norman’s Woe, killing the daughter as well. Recording from the Lit2Go audiobook website. Duration: 4 minutes. Reading level: 8.0. Word count: 741. Also available as a PDF.