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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 4 of 304, added on September 16th, 2004 at 3:38 AM.

When I was younger and growing up, I would go visit my Grandfather in
California and almost every night we would read from a book of poems, and i
would choose some and he would choose some. He always chose this poem. Now
that i am 22, he has developed Alzhtimers and is slipping fast. But he
still remembers reading ths to me, and even at a yery young age i knew what
the poem truely meant. and i plan on passing the book to my children like
he passed it to me from his grandfather.

Melinda Strelak
Comment 3 of 304, added on September 7th, 2004 at 7:26 PM.

At 69 yrs of age, I'm taking up forging for fun. While pounding iron on the
anvil, sparks flying, flames roaring, The Village Blacksmith by HWL came
streaming into my head. We memorized it in 1944 - 5th grade -2 room school
in Vera Cruz, Indiana. Now thats LIVING.

Jerry Croy
Comment 2 of 304, added on September 7th, 2004 at 6:07 PM.

My friends and I were in Mrs.O'hara's class when we first saw this poem. We
had to read and answer questions, the sighs of disappointment were heard
round. I at first did not understand, and after many years I finally found
out the truth about this poem. That hard work pays with the most rewarding
rewards!

Cathy Hernandez
Comment 1 of 304, added on August 30th, 2004 at 4:12 PM.

I have forged and Blacksmithed for the last 25 years, and have recited this
poem many times, and the old-timers nod and agree. The young kids don't
understand. In this age of computers and throw-away items we forget how
hard it was to work and forge out a living. I wish the kids of today could
experiance just one week of the life of the old-time blacksmith. Then
they might appreciate the life-style that is afforded them today.

Alan B. Chisholm
Comment 0 of 304, added on August 18th, 2004 at 8:23 PM.

My fifth grade class (1949 - Salem In) was required to memorize this poem.
How we moaned and groaned.

As we were reading and rereading this poem our teacher, Mrs. Brooks would
ask us questions. At first it was just a big task and Mrs. Brooks was just
plain goofy. Ha!

I don't know about the rest of my classmates but I learned to love this
poem and many other poems. Mrs. Brooks brought the Blacksmith alive. What
a good man he was. Anyway, Mrs. Brooks where ever you are, and Im pretty
sure you are looking down, THANKS!

Karen Gater

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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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