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Analysis

The Spark

Symbol Analysis

The spark flies out from under Paul's horse's hooves as they gallop along. But, as you probably guessed, this isn't just any old spark. This is a metaphor for the power of freedom and light, and all that good stuff. More specifically, it's the symbolic spark that is going to start the huge fire of the revolution.

  • Line 79: The spark is just one of the many ways the poem emphasizes the importance of what Paul Revere is doing. It's a great way to represent how a small action can start a big event. We should also point out that Longfellow goes nuts with the alliteration here: check out all the s- sounds in this line: "spark," "struck," "steed."
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