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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 58 of 308, added on December 16th, 2005 at 2:05 PM.

A short comment to Jerry Stork..yes Jerry, that picture does actually
exist. My Mother had a copy as well as my Aunt. Both are gone today, and I
wish I had one of them. Whether or not that particular picture was supposed
to depict the image of "The Village Blacksmith" or not is unknown to me,
however my Mom and Aunt seemed to indicate it was. Both my Aunt and Mother
were lovers of such poetry as this.

I also learned it as a school project..it was not assigned, but rather the
class was asked to learn a poem over the Christmas Holiday..this would have
been about 1941 or `42, some 60+ years ago. I will never forget the poems
read after we came back to class..several of the quaint "Roses are
red..Violets are blue" types, plus a few created by the individuals.. I
recited The Village Blacksmith. The teacher was flabbergasted.. I believe
this was the 4th grade.

I had forgotten some of the poem stanzas, and came looking for a copy to
refresh my memory. (Kind of dim now at age 75)LOL

Rob Chancey from United States
Comment 57 of 308, added on December 10th, 2005 at 1:51 PM.

After learning this poem in grade school, many, many years ago, I seem to
remember a painting depicting that poem, showing the smithy at work in
front of his barn shoeing a horse. There some adults and children watching
him work. Of course all this was under a very large spreading chestnut
tree! Is there such a painting, and is anyone familiar with it! I have a
friend who is a farrier and I would love to get it for him!

Jerry Stork from United States
Comment 56 of 308, added on November 29th, 2005 at 3:23 PM.

I learned this poem in 6th grade English class. My teacher made us stand up
and recite it by heart. I learned it right away because I was able to
connect to it. I am a big fan of this poem and of Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow in general. I am now a Junior in highschool and I still remember
this poem word for word. I love it so much it has become a motto for me and
it has also become the topic for my senior essay. I have analyzed this poem
many times and each time it's the same. I am going to college as a poerty
analizer, please feel free to ask me about this poem if you've any
questions. Thanks ~ Dominique

Dominique from United States
Comment 55 of 308, added on November 16th, 2005 at 3:50 PM.

On this day, in County Clare in West of Ireland I talked to an 80-year old
village blacksmith called Tom O'Sullivan working away at his anvil. Over
the forge
is a spreading chestnut tree! And the forge itself
is on the edge of a beautiful townland(district) in Clare, beside the River
Shannon, called Paradise,
near the village of Ballinacally. Absolute Gospel truth!

cormac mac connell from Ireland
Comment 54 of 308, added on October 30th, 2005 at 10:56 AM.

All I have to say is wow! The intricate detail!



Kayte from United States
Comment 53 of 308, added on October 13th, 2005 at 5:39 PM.

I learned this poem in Grade
school also. Have always wondered if my family was a decendent of Henry.
Only found out he had two sons the past year, so it is possible. Would
like to know anyone who know the family tree?

Bonnie Longfellow Hixson from United States
Comment 52 of 308, added on October 6th, 2005 at 12:32 PM.

I guess I am not the only one who had to memorize this poem for school!!! I
memorized it (with actions!) in fifth grade. I think it is VERY well
written. I still can recite almost the whole thing. This poem will always
hold many happy memories for me.

EM from United States
Comment 51 of 308, added on September 24th, 2005 at 7:18 PM.

I work in a Nursing home, an 84 yr.old patient was reciting this poem to me
and couldn't remember the proper order of the stanzas. I looked this up on
your website, will print it and take it to work on Mon. with me. Thank-you
for helping to orient a wonderful man and to re-introduce me to this great

Suzanne P. from United States
Comment 50 of 308, added on September 23rd, 2005 at 11:31 AM.

When I received the Connecticut State Quarter, the chestnut tree
reminded me of the poem and, like others, induced me to to go to the
Internet to read it once again. I, too, had to recite the first t
wo stanzas fom memory in grade school.

Jerry Schleeper from United States
Comment 49 of 308, added on September 22nd, 2005 at 7:47 PM.

I absolutely abhor the awful layout of this poem. I would've put the first
line after the third line and the fifth line after the ninth. Now that is
just sad! You need to tell Henry Wadsworth to rewrite this awful piece of

joodie from Bulgaria

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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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