Paul Revere's Ride Longfellow Poetic Devices

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine on February 27, 1807. He went to school at Bowdoin College at the age of sixteen, and taught three different languages there as a professor. Those including French, Spanish, and Italian. He later became employed by Harvard University, where he served as a modern language professor for eighteen years. Longfellow was fluent in multiple languages, and was a highly intellectual man. Longfellow was raised in a family of four sisters and three brothers, where he and his family lived by the seaside. This home is speculated to be where he was able to very creative, due to the beautiful scenery influencing his poetry. Longfellow was known to write stories that were easily understood. One of his most notable stories “Paul Revers Ride” lets you know this due…show more content…
Many of his poems used a magnificent rhyme and rhythm pattern that captures the audience in a way that singing a song does in the modern world. In his poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” he uses different elements to pull in the reader. Symbolism is mostly noted in this poem, and in the poem says “The fate of a nation was riding that night" this pushes the American audience into thinking that they too are fighting in the war. Longfellow creates this dynamic setting by using every American’s inner patriotism to get the reader to engage deeper into the story. Further in this story you read “And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight”, giving a great example of metaphor. The spark that the horse creates is understood to be the beginning of the revolution, where Paul Revere is firing up the army for battle. Longfellow uses another example of his literary element placement, by using similes. Longfellow writes “wrapped in silence so deep and still” giving the reader a visual aid on how concrete the atmosphere is. His details give the reader the perfect scenery to understand what is going
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