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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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insuncnot from United States
Comment 99 of 310, 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.

Karen from Australia
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Comment 97 of 310, 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 310, 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 310, 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
Comment 94 of 310, added on October 1st, 2009 at 4:53 PM.

This poem strikes a cord in me, not only as a poet but as a blacksmith. I
am an apprentice blacksmith, and after my first lesson, my teacher read me
this poem. Now, i had heard it before, and read it for my self. Bu there is
just something...captivating, when the subject of the poem reads it to you,
his face still smeared with coal dust and his fingers and angry red from
the slag coming off the metal. Face lit from the glow of the fires of the
forge. That changed the way i looked at what i was doing, it wasn't just
something i enjoyed doing, or something that made my self and others happy,
it was a soul lifting thing, a cleansing of my being that still leaves me
feeling calm and collected...even when i mess something up.

Ian from United States
Comment 93 of 310, added on September 12th, 2009 at 10:10 PM.

I learned this poem when we went to Ballarat, Australia in Grade 5, where
we dressed up like we were in the 1850s, went to 1850s-style school and
learned this poem off by heart. Wow such memories.

em from Australia
Comment 92 of 310, added on June 28th, 2009 at 2:07 AM.

I am 25. I learnt this poem in school to a tune. We sang it often from
Kindy through to High school. It is one of the earliest things I remember
learning at school. When we used to sing it in class it would bring a tear
to my eye, even as a child. So well written, and so many beautiful images.
I have just bought two prints that must be from an old illustrated book of
Longfellow's poems. One is an image of a cottage with a big tree out the
front and reads 'Under a spreading chest-nut tree/ The Village Smithy
stands'. The other is of the blacksmith raising his mallet and reads 'His
hair is crisp and black and long/ His face is like the tan'. They remind me
of the best parts of my childhood and I know I'll never forget this poem,
on which I have bestowed so many fond feelings.

Jessa from Australia
Comment 91 of 310, added on June 9th, 2009 at 11:18 AM.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow June 9,09
Last night I had trouble spleeping and then I started thinking about The
Village Blacksmith and how I memorized it in grade school. That was so
long ago as I am 73 years old. It was Gardner Elementary School in San
Jose.Ca. I would repeat the poem over and over as I loved it. I
think it should be a requirement of every child as it is everlasting and
one of the Greatest of All Time.

Sherry von Marbod Geddes 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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