Paul Reveres Ride

Story By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Presentation By: Chase McDermott

Paul revere/ Poetry Terms

The tone of the story is mysterious, because its Paul doesn't know what is going to happen and what way the British will be entering from, by land or by sea.

"Light a lantern on the aloft in the belfry/ Arch of the North Church tower as a signal light/ one if by land and two if by sea" ( Longfellow 629)

The speaker of the story is Longfellow himself because he uses 3rd person language in the story of Paul revere: " Listen my children and you shall hear/ of the midnight ride of Paul revere". ( Longfellow 629)

The subject of the story is the British coming to attack Lexington and Concord. : " If the British march/ by land or by sea hang a lantern aloft in the belfry". (Longfellow 629)

Historical Reference/ The real story of reveres ride

This poem is based off of a real person named Paul Revere and he really rode a horse through Lexington and concord to warn the villages and towns that the British were coming and they were coming by sea. He was told to ride by Dr. Joseph Warren when he lighted the two lanterns. Little did we know he was captured by the British and was kept with 2 other men he met along the way. he was released in time to see the ending of the war.

connection between the poems

The connection between the poems above is they are both about Paul revere and his ride. They are also the same because they were telling us what happened and how it happened. The only difference is the poem " The real story of Paul Reveres ride is it tells it in more detail. "All three were arrested by British patrol". (Longfellow 629)

Poem of choice

I selected the real full version poem of the "Midnight ride of Paul Revere" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Below i have put a stanza out of the poem.

"He said to his friend, "If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night,/ Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch Of the North-Church-tower, /as a signal-light,-- 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." (Longfellow 629)


Picture 1 "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." Western Journalism. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.

Picture 2 "Paul Revere 1813." Painting by Gilbert Stuart. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.

Picture 3 "Mike Church." Mike Church. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.

poem : "The Paul Revere House." The Paul Revere House. N.p., n.d. print. 13 Jan. 2014.

Poem of my choice: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. "Paul Revere's Ride." Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.