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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 33 of 313, 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.
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 313, 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 313, 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
Comment 30 of 313, added on February 7th, 2005 at 10:27 AM.

I have recently met a person who shoes horses for a living. Today as I was
talking to him, Ithought of this poem.
I can't tell you how many memories it brought back to me. We learned this
poem in the 5th grade and I never forgot it. The poem spoke to me so much
that a tear came to my eye. Life should still be so simple for us, but it
is not. God and family should always come 1st in our lives, but sometimes
the daily grind gets in our way. God forgive us.

sammy jones from United States
Comment 29 of 313, added on January 24th, 2005 at 6:31 PM.

doooodes this is an awsome poem i luv it i know it by memory!! hahaha
byebye luv ya'lls im from texas too hehe

eliana from United States
Comment 28 of 313, added on January 12th, 2005 at 3:13 PM.

My grandfather was a blacksmith in a little town in Texas many years ago.
I'm in my late 60's and have looked for this poem a long time. I've just
recently gotten a computer and so glad I've found it. I also had to learn
it in school.

Sue Souders from United States
Comment 27 of 313, added on January 7th, 2005 at 1:40 AM.

As a small child,sitting on my daddy's lap, he'd recite this poem.He was
taught this poem in the 3rd grade in 1923. He never forget it. Then he
taught to me and I've never forget. I can still hear him. He's passed on
now but what I'll remember are the times I shared with him recited this
poem. Now I'm passing it down to my children.

Joy from United States
Comment 26 of 313, added on January 2nd, 2005 at 1:56 AM.

We had to memorize this poem in Mrs. Singleton's 6th grade class in 1957.
Needless to say from all of the comments above, this poem had made its
impression on me and my entire life. God bless Mrs. Singleton who probably
had the greatest single effect in my life.

Dr. Leslie R. Davis from United States
Comment 25 of 313, added on December 29th, 2004 at 11:55 PM.

This poem was contained within a text book, I think - English Grammar, when
I was in the Sixth Grade of elementary school. My teacher the year I
attended this school did not require us to memorize the poem, but a
playmate who attended the following year was required to do so. The
teachers had changed. He was having a hard time with the memorization and
I tried to help him. As a result, I became quite well acquainted with the
poem, and came to love it. To my mind, it tells the story of a honest,
hard working man who knows his trade and revels in his work. It teaches a
good lesson to the young: There is great rewards personally in honest,
sweat breaking, hard work. To my mind it is one of the great American
poems from a great poet.

Eugene Maynard
Comment 24 of 313, added on December 29th, 2004 at 5:44 PM.

I have the original book of The Village Blacksmith Illustrated in excellent
condition @ 1885 Does anyone know the value? Thanks, Ann

ann j morton 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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