Paul Revere's Ride

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poetry Terms

Tone- Frantic The poem seems frantic because in minutes Paul is in a hurry to warm everyone about the British."A hurry of hoofs in a village street,/ A shape in the moonight, a bulk in the dark/ And beneath, from the pebbles, in the passing, a spark/struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet/ Thats was all!" (Longfellow, 632)

Rhyme Scheme. Paul Revere's Ride has a rhyme scheme of AABCCB. "He has left the village and mounted the steep/ And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep/ Is the mystic, meeting the ocean tides;/ Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge/ Is the heard the tramp of his steed as he rides." (Longfellow, 632)

Imagery Its being really descriptive about how he left when he saw the two lanterns. "A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark/ And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark..." (Longfellow, 632)

Historical reference

Paul Revere started out as a messenger to send around any news, messages , and copies of resolutions to cities to and from New York and Philadelphia. On April 18, 1775 Paul was told by Dr. Joseph Warren to ride to Lexington, Massachusetts, to warn Sam Adams, and John Hancock that British were out to get them. Paul seen the signal of the two lanterns showing they were coming by sea, so then Paul rode through the villages warning the British were coming.


"Revolutionary" by Thomas Fortenberry is simliar to "Paul Revere's Ride" because their both around the time of the Revolution. Also about wanting to be free. "Isn't this normal? Isn't this the way/ It should always be? Free/ To do what we want, free/ To think what we want, free/ To be what we want, free/ To love who and how we want." (Fortenberry)