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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 40 of 310, added on June 8th, 2005 at 9:27 PM.

it is a beatiful poem and a symbol of a mans toil in this world. being a
machine shop owner and blacksith by trade I can relate to the poem. Here is
my problem.I am looking for a picture of the blacksmith in the header of
this poem. I believe he is at the anvil inside the outline of his shop. any
help would be great. thanks for your time! leon

leon from United States
Comment 39 of 310, added on June 8th, 2005 at 4:13 PM.

I work in a nursing home and one of the residents has a "Village
Blacksmith" picture in her room. She said that it reminds her of her
father because he was a blacksmith. She remembered part of the poem but not
all of it. I looked it up so I could read her the poem. I know it will
mean alot to her. Thank you for having such a great website.

Margie from United States
Comment 38 of 310, added on May 27th, 2005 at 10:30 AM.

I have always enjoyed the old poetry, but this one has special meaning
because I am a blacksmith and farrier. There is something satisfying in
honest, hard work.

Jeremy from United States
Comment 37 of 310, added on May 25th, 2005 at 11:33 AM.

i love that poem


Rodney from Australia
Comment 36 of 310, added on May 11th, 2005 at 11:09 PM.

this poem is amazing.

Jow from United States
Comment 35 of 310, added on May 10th, 2005 at 6:51 PM.

Brings vivid images to my mind. Awesome imagery.

The _Master from United States
Comment 34 of 310, added on April 30th, 2005 at 11:59 PM.

IN 1944 IN 4TH GRADE IN SHELOCTA,PA I LEARNED THIS POEM ALONG WITH OTHERS
MY SISTERS WERE LEARNING IN 8TH GRADE.(OH-CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN) (OLD
IRONSIDES)(BAREFOOT BOY)(SONG OF HIAWATHA)(TREES).WILL BE 70 THIS JUNE AND
STILL REMEMBER SOME OF THEM,THE OLD MASTERS WERE THE BEST.I WRITE POEMS NOW
AND AGAIN BUT CAN NOT COMPARE WITH THEM CLARENCE J. SKINNER



CLARENCE SKINNER from United States
Comment 33 of 310, added on April 18th, 2005 at 9:38 PM.

While doing my genealogy, I came across a personal letter to my aunt who
did the genealogy for the entire family (being mormon and all). He
remembered my great-grandfather who was a blacksmith in the town where Mr.
Wadsworth grew up. Although the physical description was a bit off I think
she was trying to convince the family this was her grandfather for sure.
Interesting
anyways. My great grandfather help build the conastoga
wagons for the Mormons who left Illinois for Utah those
many years ago. Finding the Mormons good and honest people he decided to
join their church. They were marvelous men who stood up to the Indians. I
feel lucky to have the hand-written letters from these people who of course
are no longer with us.

Jill from United States
Comment 32 of 310, added on March 29th, 2005 at 11:19 PM.

I love poetry about blacksmiths. My father is a blacksmith and shoes horses
for a living, although he is getting older and can't handle the labor as
well as he once did. Reading poems such as this makes me see my father as
more than a man, almost a myth. He has always been my hero, he lives in
these verses as he lives in my heart: as a hero.

Joshua Langevin from United States
Comment 31 of 310, added on February 13th, 2005 at 4:57 PM.

I also had to memorize this poem, a difficult task for a very shy 6th
grader who had to stand in front of Mrs. Miller's class to recite it if I
wanted to get an A. The words have come back to me countless times through
the years. Thanks, Mrs. Miller, I've grown to understand and love the
poem..but I still would not enjoy reciting it in front of a crowd!

Nancy 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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