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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 70 of 310, added on January 15th, 2007 at 3:26 AM.

Hmmmmm! To bad. Never had to memorize this poem of the blacksmith. My
teacher had us memorize the 19th Psalm in 5th grade. I love the poem.
Tells of an honest, hardworking, family man who apparently is widowed and
raising his family alone. I have a picture hanging in my hall that is
somewhat like the poem. Too bad the man in the picture is sawing wood with
a cross cut saw.

Jan from United States
Comment 69 of 310, added on May 17th, 2006 at 12:54 PM.

Great poem, of a hard working man with values. I memorized this poem in an
elementary school in Roswell, New Mexico. Its a piece of art, I have never
forgotten. Been some forty years ago. Thanks, Sherry

Sherry Ames from United States
Comment 68 of 310, added on April 24th, 2006 at 4:01 PM.

This particular poem seems to be the most moving works I have read by him.
To the untrained eye, it seems he talks only of his friend, which he's
describing as a blacksmith, but in reality he is speaking of a person who
does his job, loves their family, and is commited to religion. He talks of
the average working American.

Kevin O'Brien from United States
Comment 67 of 310, added on April 17th, 2006 at 6:49 PM.

i loved the poem, it reminded me of a chicken just like you

chicken from China
Comment 66 of 310, added on April 12th, 2006 at 6:34 AM.

H.W.Longfellow has long been one of my favourite poets. His style
encompasses thought and rhyme to perfection. This poem in particular, has
always impressed me, for its deep insight into human existence. I concur
with the poet when he says that " Something Attempted, Something done, has
earned a night's repose." This line embodies the basic tenet of life, why
we struggle in the world every day, for at the end of the day it is to
acheive contentment, which translates into a night's repose. A beautiful
thought indeed!

Vasanth Srinivasa from India
Comment 65 of 310, added on April 5th, 2006 at 6:45 AM.

very touching.........NOT!!

matt butler from United States
Comment 64 of 310, added on March 28th, 2006 at 4:05 PM.


Jack Billows from United States
Comment 63 of 310, added on March 13th, 2006 at 7:08 PM.

Am I wrong, or shouldn't the poem read " . . . with his HARD, rough hand he
wipes a tear out of his eyes." The word "haul" doesn't seem right.

Jim Kerbey from United States
Comment 62 of 310, added on February 27th, 2006 at 10:56 AM.

I learned this poem sometime in the 1930's. It always meant a lot to me
because my paternal grandfather was a blacksmith. He died when I was five,
but the poem seems to fit my few memories of him, especially the physical
description. Good stuff! I have a painting by Paul Detlefsen which was
obviously patterned after the poem: the blacksmith shop, the chestnut tree,
the barefoot boy watching, the horse waiting to be shoed, etc. It's one of
my favorite paintings!

David Neiswender from United States
Comment 61 of 310, added on February 26th, 2006 at 6:23 PM.

Just that it was a poem that seemed to mean something to my dade and he did
share it with me in the 40's when I was growing up. I believe Dad felt a
kinship with the smithy. Beautiful.

Millie Pearson 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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