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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 24 of 304, 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 304, 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 304, 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 304, 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 304, 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

simon woods from United Kingdom
Comment 19 of 304, 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 304, 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 304, 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
Comment 16 of 304, added on October 26th, 2004 at 12:59 PM.

yeah, i read this peom and thought it was the wierdest thing ive ever read.
and then i read a parody of it and found i liked the actual poem alot
better... whatever...

dan from United States
Comment 15 of 304, added on October 25th, 2004 at 5:17 PM.

I recently spent a few days in Hay-on-Wye (Powys, Wales) which is the book
capital of Britain. This trip came a few days after a conversation with my
Father and Grandfather about poetry they had memorised, which had been
taught them by my Great Grandfather who it was acknowledged knew more still
than they. This was one poem they both remebered fondly, and I was struck
by the power of it, its lyrical strength and the spirit of continuity that
I felt hearing generation after generation of my family knew it by heart.
My family has not been highly educated in the past, though all those
mentioned were intelligent men, they just grew up in age when education was
restricted. Both my Grandfather and Great-Grandfather worked in the East
End of London, mostly in East India Docks. I couldn't find the poem in
Hay-on-Wye, though it is a wonderful place. The combination of Google and
this sight has led me to The Village Blacksmith, even though I only
remembered the first line. A thousand thank-yous to whoever runs this
sight, now I too can learn this, and pass it on.

Keith from United Kingdom

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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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