Paul Revere's Ride

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The subject of the story is Paul Revere rides through town to warn all the people that the British were coming

"Ready to ride and spread the alarm through every Middlesex village and farm..."

Rhyme Scheme

The example is a line from the poem and is has a rhyme scheme because its not just like "listen to a story of Paul Revere's ride."

"Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,..."

A nations strength

What makes a nation's pillars high And its foundations strong? What makes it mighty to defy The foes that round it throng? It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand Go down in battle shock; Its shafts are laid on sinking sand, Not on abiding rock. Is it the sword? Ask the red dust Of empires passed away; The blood has turned their stones to rust, Their glory to decay. And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown Has seemed to nations sweet; But God has struck its luster down In ashes at his feet. Not gold but only men can make A people great and strong; Men who for truth and honor's sake Stand fast and suffer long. Brave men who work while others sleep, Who dare while others fly... They build a nation's pillars deep And lift them to the sky.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The way this connects to "Paul Revere's Ride" is they both are connected to the revolutionary war and based off of that. A nations strength is how the nation had to stand strong during the war.


"Across the moon like a prison bar"

This is a smile because it is saying he went a cross a moon like a prison bar and there comparing him to a prison bar