Fitting and appropriate.
Longfellow’s poem about the ride of Boston patriot Paul Revere turns 150 years old this month — and April is, as it is every year, National Poetry Month. April 18 is the date for the ride given in the poem.
Better, there is a blog devoted to the 150th anniversary of the poem. It’s covering the poem and activities to commemorate the anniversary.
Oh! We’ve already missed this morning’s reenactment along the road — better hustle down there for this afternoon’s activities:
Saturday, April 178:30amBattle Road ReenactmentWhenSat, April 17, 8:30am – 5:30pmWhereMinute Man National Historical Park, Concord and Lincoln (map)DescriptionMinute Man National Historical Park, in partnership with hundreds of Colonial and British reenactors, celebrates the opening battle of the American Revolution with a day full of exciting living history activities. At Hartwell Tavern in Lincoln, from 9:30 to 5:30, you will have the chance to talk with reenactors and park rangers, see a historic home and tavern that stood witness to the events of April, 19, 1775, and enjoy a variety of 18th-century activities including demonstrations of musket drill, artillery, crafts, and games. At 8:30 am, the Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight in Concord shatters the peace of the countryside with the sounds of marching men and musketry. British and Colonial Reenactors, Park Rangers and Volunteers bring the fateful morning of April 19, 1775, to life in this stirring commemoration of “the shot heard round the world.” Parking for North Bridge events is on Monument Street; the NPS staff will direct you. At 12:30 pm, the Bloody Angle Tactical Demonstration features hundreds of British and Colonial Reenactors encamped at the Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith house in Lincoln. They will stage a running tactical weapons demonstration along a half-mile of the original Battle Road. Hartwell Tavern is located on Rt 2A in Lincoln; NPS staff will direct you to parking.1:00pmLongfellow and “Paul Revere’s Ride”1:00pmPatriot Fife and DrumWhenSat, April 17, 1pm – 3pmWherePaul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston (map)DescriptionEnjoy a lively concert of music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. David Vose and Jim Snarski provide fascinating insight into each selection they perform. Free with museum admission: adults $3.50, seniors and college students $3.00, children ages 5-17 $1.00. Members and North End residents admitted free at all times.
Was the poem historically accurate? No, and here’s the reason why.
Is the poem worth using in your classroom?
Of course it is. Why else would I tell you?