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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 14 of 314, added on October 13th, 2004 at 9:36 AM.

Overall, I really enjoyed this poem. I realy liked the aspect of taking
such concern and pride over one individual, who normal is not set up on a
pedstal. Also, the fact that Longfellow can show a "manly-man" hhas an
emotional side is an apealling aspect

Alex Samaniego
Comment 13 of 314, added on October 12th, 2004 at 10:38 PM.

This poem seemed a little wierd and erotic at the beggining. But then as I
read on, my opinion changed. Although I cannot say I loved it, or even
liked it to some extent. I can say that I related to the "everyday guy"
picture. He just went through the same motions everyday. He did what he
was expected, and was a moral citizen. I did not reach a clear
understanding of what the theme was, but I can tell that this is a
well-written poem. Enjoyable, that is skeptical.

Comment 12 of 314, added on October 12th, 2004 at 10:38 PM.

This poem does very well at using descriptive imagery. I think it is a
well- written poem. I love how you just picture the blacksmith in your
mind. I heard this poem a few days ago for the first time and liked it a

Amy from United States
Comment 11 of 314, added on October 12th, 2004 at 10:24 PM.

This poem is pretty cool. It just shows the normal life of some people.
This guy is just doing what he needs to to stay alive. His mother is dead,
but he still goes to church to stay in the swing of things.

Todd from United States
Comment 10 of 314, added on October 12th, 2004 at 9:31 PM.

This poem somewhat reminded me of Joe from Great Expectations by Charles
Dickens. Even though the familial references don't portray Joe, the
imagery in the first three stanzas reminded me of Joe's role as the village
smithy. A "mighty man," the "wet brow of honest sweat," and working from
morning till night in the forge. This poem has great imagery and
illustrates a vivid picture of this village blacksmith.

Sukiro from Japan
Comment 9 of 314, added on October 12th, 2004 at 6:40 PM.

this poem is a great example of the fire-side poets of the 19th century.
It shows how hard work and a spiritual life can help you get great rewards.
"Something attempted, something done, Has earmed a night's repose".

Ivan Romanove from Russia
Comment 8 of 314, added on October 11th, 2004 at 9:11 PM.

This poem is beautifullly representative of the fireside poets. It uses
exciting vivid imagery to bring this imaginery blacksmith to startling
life! It has nostalgic elements as well as he refers to the event in the
third person

Luke von Lambert from Germany
Comment 7 of 314, added on October 10th, 2004 at 9:14 PM.

I like the description in this poem. It forms really good imagery. My
sophomore English teacher read this to us the other day, and i really
enjoyed hearing it.

Brittney from United States
Comment 6 of 314, added on October 7th, 2004 at 3:48 PM.

When I was in 6th grade my teacher, Mrs Hunter, said that we would have ot
memorize this poem. There were a lot of moaning and groning, but most of us
did it. To our surpise the poem was one of the bets we had ever read. We
came to love this poem very much. So every day my teacher would read it to
us before class and we would discuss what we thought the meaning of this
poem was. Now that I am in collage my professor has assigned that we pick a
poem and tell him what it means to us. When he said that I immediately
thought of this poem and how much it meant to me.

Kendyll Robinson
Comment 5 of 314, added on October 3rd, 2004 at 8:35 AM.

My father, Nicholas Troy, born in Co Waterford Ireland, would often recite
the poem, The Village Blacksmith, as a bedtime story. Although my father
received very little formal education in Ireland, he had committed this
poem to memory. The line I remember the best is 'under the spreading
chestnut tree.' I did not know the actual title or the author until
recently. One day, while on a trip to the UK, the line "under the spreading
chestunt tree" came into my mind. Later that very same day, at a Scottish
ruin there it was, "The Village Blacksmith" beautifully displayed. I was
not by intent reading the poem; but the line, 'under the spreading chestnut
tree' caught my eye. This was a very spiritual experience for me. There is
no doubt that my father in heaven wanted me to know that the beloved poem
was entitled "The Village Blacksmith, written by Henry Wadsworth

Jennifer Snell,
Ottawa, Canada

Jennifer Snell (Troy) from Canada

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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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