Homework Help

What is the rhyme scheme in "Paul Revere's Ride"?I'm taking a summer English class for...

user profile pic

lilo-55 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM via web

dislike 1 like

What is the rhyme scheme in "Paul Revere's Ride"?

I'm taking a summer English class for a credit I'll miss when I go abroad for a year.

I think I got it figured out, but I'd really like to double check!

PLEASE HELP ME!!!! Thank you!!!

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

As you have probably already realized, there is not one uniform rhyme pattern throughout "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." Longfellow's primary concern in writing the piece was creating the legend and telling the heroic story of the events of that night. Pure literary format was a secondary concern, with devices of word choice and length of stanzas used to support the action rather than to fit a given writing structure.

For the most part, the rhyming scheme is based on pairs of rhymed lines. These pairs may succeed each other (aabbcc), may appear at different points within a stanza, and may include more than two appearances of a particular rhyming sound.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes