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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 92 of 312, 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 312, 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
Comment 90 of 312, added on May 7th, 2009 at 10:36 PM.

I learned this poem by hearing a class of slow learners recite it with all
the accents and punctuations and stress. I am 65 years old now and whenever
I read or recite it,it brings tears to my eyes.

Reynold Batson from Barbados
Comment 89 of 312, added on April 19th, 2009 at 1:28 PM.

I am 71 years old. In my 4th grade class at
Bel-Nor Elementary School, Bel-Nor, Missouri in my fourth grade class we
memorized this wonderful poem. To this day I STILL can recite it from
memory. There are great lessons to be learned from it.

Barbara from United States
Comment 88 of 312, added on April 16th, 2009 at 2:04 PM.

I memorized this poem when I was in the third grade in 1952 for a
declamation contest--won a 2nd place ribbon. I still enjoy reading poetry
and occasionally write a little cowbow poetry myself.

Jack Bradley from United States
Comment 87 of 312, added on April 15th, 2009 at 5:43 PM.

this poem remains in my memory from my childhood days back in 1952 and
passing the blacksmiths forge
going and coming from school.

lena costelloe from Ireland
Comment 86 of 312, added on February 22nd, 2009 at 2:22 PM.

My father who passed away many years ago knew this poem word for word, he
would recite this to his 7 children, I am now 71 and this poem has
influenced my life in many ways. Thank you for including this beautiful

julie lawson from United States
Comment 85 of 312, added on February 5th, 2009 at 12:46 PM.

What is the analysis hellp im desperatee!!

lex from United States
Comment 84 of 312, added on January 24th, 2009 at 6:11 PM.

I have a copy of an additional poem by H.W. Longfellow titled "From MY
Armchair" regarding the Village Blacksmith's Chestnut Tree. To the Children
of Cambridge, who presented to me on my Seventy-second Birthday, February
27, 1879, this Chair made from the wood of the Village Blacksmith's
Chestnut Tree. It is signed by his brother Samuel Longfellow.

Millard Spencer from United States
Comment 83 of 312, added on January 12th, 2009 at 12:50 AM.

I loved this poem in the seventh grade in a book called serendipity, and
this is the 1st time I've read it again in 30 years, That was poetry!

shelly 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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