Friday, April 13, 2012

L is for Longfellow's Legendary, Lengthy Lay

Paul Revere's Ride
 Day 13 of Blogging from A to Z. Today's letter is L 

L is for Longfellow's legendary, lengthy lay written 150 years ago today (more or less).

It is still recited in schools.  One of the most famous narrative poems in  American literature, it made a part of history more famous that it would ordinarily have been.

Oh, the power of the pen - as mighty as any sword.   Longfellow, the bard - the paparazzi of his time wielded it well.  

Who in the world doesn't instantly recognize the name Paul Revere? Who hasn't heard the phrase " the shot heard round the world?   

More than that, who in this country doesn't appreciate Revere and others, who each in their own way, won for us one of the most enviable ways of life on this earth?

1 comment:

Shannon Lawrence said...

I had forgotten Longfellow wrote that! Funny, how some things stick in your head forever.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z