Who is Paul Revere?
Paul Revere was a silversmith and master engraver. The actual date of his birth is a bit vague with several sources having many different dates. He was born sometime between 1734 and 1735. He was the third of twelve children. After his father died, he helped his mother run the silver shop in Boston, Massachusetts. He married Sarah Orne and they had 8 children. He had become a messenger to signal the men and women who lived on the countryside. He hung two lanterns in the North Church to signal the British were coming by sea. He borrowed a horse and traveled to tell Samuel Adams and John Hancock of the imminent attack.
He was captured by the British, but he convinced them the entire countryside was prepared to fight, so they let him go. After the Revolutionary War, he returned to Boston to make silver objects.
This has always been one of my favorite poems. I have used it many times over the years while teaching students about writing. And, since April is National Poetry Month, I thought it would be perfect timing for this post.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem tells the wonderful tale. Here is that poem.