The analysis questions listed below require a deeper understanding of the poem. Questions are focused on rhyme scheme, literary devices, and author’s purpose.
- Identify the rhyme scheme used in the lines below.
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.
- Longfellow uses a simile when he compares the shadow of the British ship masts to a prison bar. What is the deeper meaning behind this comparison? Hint: Think about the causes of the Revolutionary War.
- Longfellow uses personification to describe the windows Paul Revere passes in Lexington. What do the windows already seem to know as they watch Paul Revere ride through the town?
- What does Longfellow mean when he describes Revere’s message as “A cry of defiance, and not of fear”?
- Is Paul Revere a hero? Why or why not? Use evidence from the poem to support your answer.