Village Blacksmith

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Eight-stanza poem in ballad measure by Longfellow, published in Ballads and Other Poems (1841). The smith is described at work, with the children stopping on the way from school to watch his flaming forge and roaring bellows, his mighty arms and hands, and his brow “wet with honest sweat.” At church, his daughter's voice in the choir reminds him of “her mother's voice, Singing in Paradise!” In the last stanza, the poet makes of him a symbol of the proper conduct of life. The poem was suggested by a smithy under a spreading chestnut tree, near the poet's house in Cambridge.

Subjects: Literature.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807—1882) American poet