Paul Revere Rode Tonight 238 Years Ago

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35 x 28 1/2" (88.9 x 72.3 cm)

Revering our patriots

As a nation, we’re sending countless thoughts and prayers to the innocent victims in Massachusetts this week; blessings to all who were affected by the attack that occurred on Patriots’ Day. Through sorrow, we carry on in the patriotic spirit; thus, here is a quick post to commemorate a bit of that state’s historic legacy. Today marks the 238th anniversary of Paul Revere’s midnight ride.

Although he did not actually shout “The British are coming,” this important American historic figure did indeed ride to Lexington to warn countrymen of approaching British troops. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” published in 1861, elevated Revere to folk hero status – although its details aren’t all historically accurate.) Revere also was an esteemed silversmith, a soldier, and even a dentist; and the enterprise he started continues today as Revere Copper Products.

Browse these fascinating pages to learn more:

The website of the Paul Revere House offers information about the house, the Midnight Ride, Revere’s silver, and more: http://www.paulreverehouse.org/

From the History Channel:
This Day in History – Apr. 18, 1775: “Revere and Dawes warn of British Attack”: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/revere-and-dawes-warn-of-british-attack
About Paul Revere: http://www.history.com/topics/paul-revere
“12 Things You May Not Know About Paul Revere” (Jennie Cohen): http://www.history.com/news/12-things-you-may-not-know-about-paul-revere

From the Colonial Williamsburg Official History and Citizenship Site:
“Terms of Estrangement: Who Were the Sons of Liberty?” (Benjamin L. Carp): http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/winter12/liberty.cfm
“Throw down your arms, ye villains, ye Rebels, Disperse!” (Dennis Montgomery): http://www.history.org/Foundation/journal/Summer06/lex.cfm?showSite=mobile

From the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation:
“The Use of Myth in History” (podcast, Gil Klein): http://podcast.history.org/2012/07/23/the-use-of-myth-in-history/

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5 Poetry Sites to Enjoy

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First American edition of T.S. Eliot's The Was...

First American edition of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“April is the cruellest month”
— T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”

. . . But we’ve no reason to fret here in cyberspace, as it yields a rather fruitful land of poetry – the opaque, the classic, the heartbreaking, the comic – by which we may celebrate National Poetry Month. Behold:

http://www.poets.org/index.php
Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets. Definitely visit “Poetry 101” if you’re a beginner (see Poets & Poetry/On Reading). On this site, you also may sign up for the Poem-A-Day email, read interviews and essays, watch videos, and even download free poetry ringtones!

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/
The Poetry Foundation’s website has an intriguing Search feature: you may browse for poems by Occasion, Holiday, School/Period, and more. This site also features audio and video resources; and be sure to check out the Learning Lab, which “encourages teachers, students, and learners of every age to immerse themselves in poetry.”

http://www.favoritepoem.org/index.html
Favorite Poem Project: “Americans Saying Poems They Love.” On this site, you can read about the project (which documented Americans of all walks of life discussing and then reading their favorite poems); you also can watch 50 of these documentary videos.

http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/home.do
The Poetry Archive (recordings of poets reading their work). Click the “Links” tab for a nice list of even more poetry sites.

http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/
Poetry 180: Housed at the Library of Congress’ website, this is a collection of poems selected for high school students; the program originated with Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States.

Love Poetry to Share

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flowers and candyThis Valentine’s Day, why not share the gift of poetry with your loved one? These three sites offer fantastic avenues for experiencing eternal expressions of love:

http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/389
Unusual and delightful ways to surprise your Valentine, thanks to Poets.org: this page features “Pair with Flowers” (that is, pair your bouquet with the appropriate poem!), free poetry valentines (short poems paired with intriguing graphics—e-share them or print to hand-deliver), and a linked list of traditional, classic, and contemporary love poems. Poets.org is from the Academy of American Poets.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/love-poems/index.html
“Love Poems”: Browse these links of poems old and new, categorized by “Romantic Love,” “Sad Love,” “I Miss You,” “In Loving Memory,” and more. From the Poetry Foundation.

http://www.writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/
PennSound Radio shares information about its 24-hour love poetry marathon for Valentine’s Day.
PennSound from the University of Pennsylvania is a “Web-based archive for noncommercial distribution of the largest collection of poetry sound files on the Internet” (from press release here).

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