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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 8 of 308, 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 308, 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 308, 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 308, 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
Longfellow.

Jennifer Snell,
Ottawa, Canada

Jennifer Snell (Troy) from Canada
Comment 4 of 308, 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 308, 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 308, 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 308, 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 308, 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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