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 discovers he has "large and sinewy hands." Additionally, the poet compares the "muscles of his brawny arms" to "iron bands" to emphasize the blacksmith's physical strength. In stanza two, the poet goes on to describe his hair as "crisp, and black, and long," and "his face is like the tan." All of these characteristics are physical.
However, as the poem proceeds, the reader discovers more important information about the blacksmith. In stanza five, it is revealed that the blacksmith is religious and attends church on Sunday with his children. Next, it is revealed that the blacksmith's wife is deceased, and he is raising his family on his own. He still grieves for the loss of his wife, throughout all the difficulties and hard work he faces.