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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 65 of 315, added on April 5th, 2006 at 6:45 AM.

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

matt butler from United States
Comment 64 of 315, added on March 28th, 2006 at 4:05 PM.


Jack Billows from United States
Comment 63 of 315, 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 315, 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 315, 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
Comment 60 of 315, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 3:05 PM.

You might be interested in this song about a blacksmith, by Jake Thackray.

Songwriter, yes, but his songs are pure poetry. The story comes from an
anecdote told by Laurie Lee in his autobiography, Cider with Rosie.


David McGovern
Comment 59 of 315, added on December 30th, 2005 at 8:40 PM.


William Schaum from United States
Comment 58 of 315, 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 315, 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 315, 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

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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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