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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 104 of 304, added on May 30th, 2010 at 4:46 PM.
Another version

Under the spreading donut tree
The village chestnut stands
And what a mighty nut is he
With whiskers on his hands.
And the muscles in his scrawny arms
Are strong as rubber bands.

Jerry Crystal from United States
Comment 103 of 304, added on May 30th, 2010 at 4:46 PM.
Another version

Under the spreading donut tree
The village chestnut stands
And what a mighty nut is he
With whiskers on his hands.
And the muscles in his scrawny arms
Are strong as rubber bands.

Jerry Crystal from United States
Comment 102 of 304, added on April 20th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 101 of 304, added on March 30th, 2010 at 4:37 PM.
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Comment 100 of 304, added on March 15th, 2010 at 2:54 AM.
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Comment 99 of 304, added on February 24th, 2010 at 7:18 AM.
The Smithy

This was my Mums favourite poem from childhood days in Warwick Queensland
Austalia. They learnt it off by heart, and when my son needed a piece of
poetry for his English assignment this was dug out of my mothers head at a
moments notice, she remembered most but had to think about the rest and
ring me later, but in checking the original she had done very well. She is
80 now. The poem is so simple and heartfelt. Great words to live by. Bring
it back is schools again I say.

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Comment 97 of 304, added on December 6th, 2009 at 6:09 PM.
The Village Blacksmith

My mom remembered this poem and suggested we include it in the program for
my dad's funeral a couple weeks ago. A family member looked it up on the
Internet. There wasn't a dry eye in the house as she read it aloud. It was
like looking through the door of my dad's blacksmith shop again...the
brawny arms, the sweat on his brow...the loud ringing of the hammer on
white hot metal as he sharpened plow lathes amidst the flying sparks. I
was that little girl walking home from country school stopping by to get a
chance to say "Hi" to dad as I went home. There's so much of this poem that
describes my dad....
I was never any good at memorization, but I'm glad my mom had learned this
poem in school. It's sad that when their generation is gone, many of us
will no longer realize such fantastic literature even exists.

Deb from United States
Comment 96 of 304, added on October 25th, 2009 at 4:46 PM.

I memorized this poem when I was in a rural, one room elementary school in
1036-37. I still recite it occasionally.

Lyell Thompson from United States
Comment 95 of 304, added on October 10th, 2009 at 11:47 PM.

This poem evokes nostalgia for a time when life was simpler, not easier
necessarily, but simpler. Hard work and honesty were highly valued, and
Longfellow's smith embodies these. This self-employed artisan produced,
with his own hands, all the work for which he was paid. No work, no pay -
also no sick leave, no entitlements. Longfellow, a superb lyrical poet,
knows how to bring this to us; we admire the value system and we long for
the "good life" of honest toil and pleasures.

Ray from United States

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: 3. The Village Blacksmith
Volume: Ballads and Other Poems
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jan 12 2005


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