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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 26 of 306, 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 306, 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 306, 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
Comment 23 of 306, added on December 16th, 2004 at 8:53 PM.

It is with a bit of nastalgia that I read this and other poems that the
last two generations do not know. My father and my maternal grandfather
were blacksmiths. As a very young child I remember watching them work at
the anvil and forge. I loved to see the sparks fly when the hot metal was
first struck after being taken from the forge. My brother and I used to try
to catch the sparks. I also imagined the fireflies at night to be the
sparks from the forge of nature as the master smith struck the metal from
which all existence is made. My mother was a school teacher who was one of
those who required pupils to memorize the poem and others now long
forgotten. Now I write poems of my own. Modern poets do not get the mood of
poetry as I know it. They do not put enough latent images that must be
developed by the reader.

Frank Goodman, SR from United States
Comment 22 of 306, added on November 23rd, 2004 at 11:28 AM.

I just love that one :)
it hangs on a wall in my Blade-&Blacksmith shop and every once in a while I
reread it.

I guess the poem has something that many a working man would apprciate.

simply wonderful

Daniel Gentile from Switzerland
Comment 21 of 306, added on November 22nd, 2004 at 7:46 PM.

I first read this poem over forty years ago at school and still enjoy every
word of it. Spread the good news.

david briggs from United Kingdom
Comment 20 of 306, added on November 22nd, 2004 at 7:13 AM.

Ive never memorised it; I always associate it with the last ball of the day
the blacksmith bowled for the village cricket team that won the game.
Its a marvellous riposte to appalling late feminism and their deriding of
men; it shows the courage, strength, experience of men and also perfectly
illustrates the village or what we today understand as community. Its also
poetry as history, vital, remembered and present with the words chosen for
their fullness and strength. Poems are about words.
Should be read to the late feminist as a lesson, and A Byatt.

simon woods from United Kingdom
Comment 19 of 306, added on November 16th, 2004 at 2:27 AM.

The poem is wonderful for kids of all ages. I enjoyed it.

Alice from United States
Comment 18 of 306, added on November 11th, 2004 at 1:31 PM.

As a child growing up I heard this poem from both my mother and grandmother
and also while in school as a boy I heard it several times. I liked the
poem and read it from time to time but never really looked at it until one
day while going through some papers in our family history and saw that the
blacksmith that the poem is about is a far distant relative of mine. I
mentioned this to my mother who smiled and we talked to my grandmother who
smiled also and said that the poem was written the "Sipple" side of her
family. Her maiden name is Sipple. Since then that poem has become more
close to me over the years.

Richard Robbins from United States
Comment 17 of 306, added on November 1st, 2004 at 9:42 PM.

I love metalworking, and every time I work I think of this. It is so
beautiful - the plain imagery and the way that Longfellow can so simply
tell a story that sums up so much of human existance. It's an
encouragement, like so many of his poems are, to work on and better
ourselves. That message is just so beautiful...

Natalie 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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