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Analysis and comments on The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Comment 18 of 318, 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 318, 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 318, 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 318, 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
Comment 14 of 318, 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 318, 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 318, 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 318, 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 318, 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 318, 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

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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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