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Paul Revere's Ride

Paul Revere's Ride

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Analysis: What's Up With the Title?

Longfellow didn't get too fancy with the title of this poem. He was writing a poem about a famous ride taken by a man called Paul Revere, so he called it (drum roll, please) "Paul Revere's Ride." Who knew coming up with the title of a legendary poem could be so easy? This title spotlights Paul Revere as a brave hero of America's past. Longfellow is a man on a mission here. He's creating a national myth, and this title is the beginning of that.

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