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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s, Paul Revere's Ride, is based off of the historical events that took place in the late 1800s during the American Revolution against the British. Henry wrote this poem to recall the brave and courageous journey made by the real Paul Revere. While his rendition of the story wasn't completely accurate, due to the fact that Paul was not the only midnight rider, it still served as a great example of what a true American hero looks like. The author once stated,” Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.” Henry uses this story to bring the audience on the journey of Paul Revere. More importantly he uses the story to describe the …show more content…
Though the friend is not given a name in the poem is story is just as important. The friend sees that the British have already made it and climbs the tower of the Church. At this time it is not said that he whether he hangs a lantern but Henry later adds that Paul sees the lantern described as a “gleam of light!” The author writes that beneath the church tower dead bodies are seen on top of the hill. Henry also notes that the wind has a doleful and grim voice in this town. As stated, “The watchful night-wind, as it went Creeping along from tent to tent , And seeming to whisper, “All is well!” The mournful tone of this sentence gives the reader the this feeling of sorrow and fear. This can be seen as the turning point or climax of the …show more content…
Paul discovers the two lanterns that have been lit and rides through a town to warn its people. Henry writes that “the fate of a nation was riding that night”, in other words to say that the fate of the colonies lie in Paul Revere's hands. Perhaps to say if Paul had not delivered the message of the British arrival, then many of America's people would have not made it or been prepared to fight back. The author gives the audience a time frame of which these events occurred. He states, “It was one by the village clock, when he galloped into Lexington.” And later says, “It was two by the village clock, when he came to the bridge in Concord town.” A sense of repetition can be seen here by the wording and the time elements being in numerical order. The poem concludes to say that we all know the story and how it

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