Saturday, April 18, 2015
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five
"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."
I had to memorize the first two stanzas of The Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. So, I always remember the date and story.
"One if my land, two if by sea;
and I on the opposite shore will be..."
These two lines above are probably the most famous. The rest of the poem , published in 1861, is equally enthralling to me.
I m eternally grateful to my teachers for assignments that required me to memorize poetry and prose like the Preamble to the Constitution.
Only one egg today. The hens have been frustrated because I have had no oats for the last four days. So, last night, I purchased whole grains oats. Today, they are happy.
Did you have to memorize portions of this poem when you were in grade school? Mybe you are not a fan of Longfellow? What is your favorite poem he wrote? Do children memorize for school assignments?