One if by land two if by sea poem

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Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “One if by land, two if by sea.”

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One if by Land, Two if by Sea

It was first published in the January issue of The Atlantic Monthly.

Mythbuster Friday: “One if by Land, Two if by Sea”

He rode alone all throughout the night and made it all the way to Concord with his message. Though this is an excellent poem that was created to instill patriotism in people on the verge of civil war, it unfortunately contains many errors that live on today. Firstly, Revere was the one who arranged for the lantern signal. The signal was by him, not for him. It was to warn the people of Charlestown across the river, who the patriots were unsure of reaching in time. Two lanterns were hung in the Old North Church, but this was two days before the famous ride.

By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch. Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,— One if by land, and two if by sea;.
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Revisiting History

This poem is perhaps the main reason that both are household names today. But who was Longfellow? Why did he write this poem and how did it elevate the status of Revere and Old North? A celebrated and nationally beloved poet, Longfellow began his career at Bowdoin College as a student in the s, then as a professor of modern languages in the s. Longfellow spent several years in Europe where he studied nine different languages. He used his studies and experience abroad to translate European works into English back in the United States.

It was a reference to the secret signal orchestrated by Revere during his historic ride from Boston to Concord on the verge of American Revolutionary War. The signal was meant to alert patriots about the route the British troops chose to advance to Concord. Few days before the historic ride, Revere was preparing his mission and arranged with three fellow patriots to set up a light signal in case if British troops started their advance to Concord. To give even more information, it was agreed that one lantern meant that the troops chose the longer land route and two lanterns meant the shorter route by water, leaving less time for patriots to react. On the night of April 18, Dr. Warren dispatched his most trusted messenger to alert patriot leaders in Concord, John Hancock and Samuel Adams that British plan to attack to arrest them and destroy the ammunition supplies prepared to stage armed struggle against the authorities. Revere being rowed across the river.

4 thoughts on “Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “One if by land, two if by sea.”

  1. The most widely known and best-loved American poet of his lifetime, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow achieved a level of national and international prominence previously unequaled in the literary history of the United States.

  2. Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five: Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.

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