Discuss the routine that the blacksmith follows day in and day out regardless of the season in "The Village Blacksmith."

In "The Village Blacksmith," the routine the blacksmith follows day in and day out regardless of the season is one of working hard from dawn to dusk in his blacksmith shop. He works six days a week, taking Sundays off to go to church and worship with his family.

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We learn that every day, year in, year out, the faithful and hardworking village blacksmith is always at work in his blacksmith shop. He is covered with sweat from his labors, swinging the hammer and blowing the bellows to cool the hot metal he works, but he supports himself and owes no debts.

As the children come out of school at the end of the day, they see him in his shop and love to watch him at work.

On Sundays, the blacksmith is always at church. He sits with his boys and enjoys hearing his daughter singing in the choir. He thinks with a tear of his now dead mother but has faith that she is in heaven.

The blacksmith is always, as the poem's speaker puts it,

toiling,—rejoicing,—sorrowing,
Onward through life he goes.

The blacksmith is always hard at work, accomplishing some task or project.

Longfellow's blacksmith is an idealized working-class figure. There was probably nobody who was quite as good, steady, and hardworking as the blacksmith. Nevertheless, he represents such nineteenth-century American values as being religiously devout, a good son, a family man, an uncomplaining and diligent worker, and a self-employed individual who makes his own way in the world through hard work and steadiness of purpose. He serves as an aspirational model for others to emulate.

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