Paul Revere's Ride

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Narrative poem by Longfellow, published in 1861 and included as the landlord's tale in his Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863). In galloping anapestic tetrameter, this literary ballad tells of “the midnight ride of Paul Revere” from Charlestown to Lexington and Concord, to warn the inhabitants of the approach of British troops at the outbreak of the Revolution. Apparently based on Revere's account, the poem, which crystallized an American legend, is very inaccurate, since Revere never waited for signals from lanterns, and it was “a young Dr. Prescott” who carried the news to Concord, while Revere went to Lexington.

Subjects: Literature.

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