Analysis Of Paul Revere's Ride By Henry Longfellow

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“Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere , On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.” By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, is written by Henry Longfellow, and was published in 1861. Henry Longfellow wrote this poem after visiting the Old North Church and climbing its tower on April 5, 1860. The poem Paul Revere’s Ride is valid for three reasons. The date when his night ride occurred is similar in the poem and in the letter Paul wrote. The river they crossed is identical, and the warning signal they used is consistent in both the poem and the letter. On the other hand, some may claim that the Poem, Paul Revere’s Ride is not valid. However, the church used in the poem and Paul’s letter are the same. From the poem, “Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,...” Also from the letter, “... in the North Church Steeple;...” These pieces of text are both referring to the same North Church or steeple, which is another reason why the poem, Paul Revere’s Ride is a valid piece of historical context. To begin with, the date used, which is the eighteenth,is the same in the letter and poem. In the poem, “On…show more content…
From the author of the poem, “One, if by land, and two, if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country-folk to be up and to arm." Also from Paul’s letter to Jeremy Belknap, “... that if the British went out by Water, we would shew two lanthorns in the North Church Steeple;& if by Land, one, as a Signal;” These quotes mean that if the british come by land they will show one lantern and if they come by water they will show two. Since they are saying the same thing the quotes prove that the poem written by Henry Longfellow is
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