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The Village Blacksmith

What are the three physical characteristics of the village blacksmith in "The Village Blacksmith?"

In the poem "The Village Blacksmith" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poet describes the blacksmith as a large, strong man with long, black hair and a tan face. In stanza one, the reader...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2018 3:13 pm UTC

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What is the flaming forge of life in "The Village Blacksmith"?

A forge is the place where the blacksmith makes a very hot fire. He then uses the fire to soften metal so he can bend and hammer it into a new shape. Therefore, in the poem, the flaming forge is...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 9:14 pm UTC

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In the poem, what is the blacksmith's swinging of his sledge compared to?

The poem says of the blacksmith: You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,With measured beat and slow,Like a sexton ringing the village bell,When the evening sun is low. The village bell is the...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 8:09 pm UTC

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Which of the five senses does the third stanza concentrate on? List examples.

William Wordsworth's 1849 poem pays respect to the steady habits of a village blacksmith, a widower who works hard, practices faith, and lives simply. The third stanza has many appeals to the...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2018 11:22 am UTC

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What makes "The Village Blacksmith" an inspirational poem?

What makes "The Village Blacksmith" particularly inspiring is the way the man himself goes about his work every day no matter what life throws at him. Being a blacksmith is hard, physical work and...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2018 3:59 pm UTC

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What does the blacksmith do on Sundays? How does he feel when he hears his daughter sing?

The poem "The Village Blacksmith," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, strongly emphasizes the values commonly associated with the Protestant work ethic through the character of a blacksmith in a small...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2019 11:19 pm UTC

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Why does the poet thank the blacksmith towards the end of the poem?

The speaker of the poem thanks the village blacksmith at the end of the poem for the life lessons this humble man has taught him. The blacksmith has modeled for the speaker the value of working...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 10:24 pm UTC

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What is the poet's message in "The Village Blacksmith"? Is this message relevant today?

Longfellow's "The Village Blacksmith" is an unabashed celebration of the dignity of hard work, self-reliance, and determination. His eponymous hero stands as a living embodiment of all the values...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2020 10:50 am UTC

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How do you know that the blacksmith is a honest man?

Longfellow paints a very flattering portrait of the village blacksmith. This is a man who seems to have no negative character traits whatsoever. He's incredibly hard-working, he regularly goes to...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018 7:51 am UTC

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Which words are used to describe the strength of the blacksmith?

The blacksmith is described in the second stanza as a "mighty" man with "large" and "sinewy" hands. His arm muscles are likened to "iron bands." In the fourth stanza, we learn that he swings "his...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2019 7:19 pm UTC

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What lesson has the "worthy friend" taught the speaker?

The "worthy friend" in the poem is the village blacksmith. The speaker has learned important life lessons from him. First, he has learned the value of hard work. The blacksmith is wet with "honest...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019 10:09 pm UTC

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Why is the village blacksmith admired?

The village blacksmith represents a key element of the Romantic period, the common man as hero. He's a common man who is all mankind: The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2016 1:29 am UTC

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What words does the poet use to show strength of the blacksmith?

In the poem "The Village Blacksmith," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow describes both the physical strength and spiritual strength of the blacksmith. To describe the blacksmith's physical strength, the...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 2:14 am UTC

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What kind of work did the village blacksmith do?  

"The Village Blacksmith" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow doesn't really go into detail about the work of the blacksmith, because readers would have been familiar with it. Especially before mass...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2017 4:54 am UTC

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Why does the poet refers to the sexton in "The Village Blacksmith"?

In this poem, the speaker compares the "measured" and slow beat of the village blacksmith's hammer as he pounds the metal in his smithy to a "sexton ringing the village bell." He uses a simile to...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 12:41 pm UTC

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In "The Village Blacksmith," is the tear rolling from the blacksmith's eye shed out of grief?

This is an interesting question. The tear seems to be rolling out of the blacksmith's eye in a bittersweet way, meaning it comes from a mixture of both grief and joy. As the poem's speaker says,...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 4:10 am UTC

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What brings the village blacksmith a lot of happiness? 

The village blacksmith is a single father raising a family by himself. His greatest happiness lies in his ability to engage in honest work to provide for his family and on Sunday, to hear his...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2015 6:50 pm UTC

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What is man's fate being compared to?

In "The Village Blacksmith" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, humanity's fate is compared to the blacksmith's work. The blacksmith is a person who works with metal, usually iron, heating it and...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 4:49 pm UTC

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Why do the children look in at the door?

In Longfellow's poem "The Village Blacksmith," the children on their way home from school look in at the village blacksmith's door because They love to see the flaming forge,And hear the bellows...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 12:58 pm UTC

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What do the children do at the smithy in "The Village Blacksmith"?

The schoolchildren love to watch the flaming forge—the hearth at which the blacksmith heats his metals. The heat from the forge makes the metals softer and more ductile, thereby enabling easy...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2020 12:14 pm UTC

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Who is Longfellow writing about in "Village Blacksmith"? He doesn't mention minorities or women. Is he being racist?  

In short, the answer to your question is no, he is not being racist. Longfellow does indeed mention women in "The Village Blacksmith." In the poem, he is writing about the village blacksmith, who...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2015 1:40 pm UTC

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How were the burning sparks formed?

The burning sparks come from the huge fire that the blacksmith uses in his forge. He creates objects, such as horseshoes, by forging metal in the flames of the fire, much to the delight of the many...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 10:13 am UTC

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Who attracts the children to the smithy?  

It is the blacksmith himself who attracts the children after school to stop by and watch him work. The speaker states, "They love to see the flaming forge, / And hear the bellowsroar, / And watch...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016 1:11 am UTC

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