This is a classic example of a poem by H W Longfellow in which he moves on to deliver his sermon towards the end while beginning with a simple theme such as a village blacksmith. The poem opens with the physical appearance of a village blacksmith who has a great body and muscular hands which have become as strong as the iron bands. Longfellow goes one describing his hairs which are black and crisp. The poet tells that the blacksmith earns with his honesty and so he can see the people into their faces which means being straightforward without any malice in nature. The poet further describes that the blacksmith does never feel any contempt towards his work – day, night, morning, evening or anytime, he is busy with his work. When the school children are coming back from the school, they love looking at the flame that the blacksmith uses to forge his iron. The blacksmith also goes to attend the church prayers on Sundays and he listens to his daughter sing and feels happy. The cause that makes him happy is the voice of his daughter which makes him feel as if his mother from the heaven is singing for her. The blacksmith cannot stop his tears of joy. The poet thinks the blacksmith a perfect example of what a man should be. He starts a work in the morning and finishes it by the evening and thus his life goes on. In the last stanza, the poet tells us that we must learn a lesson from the life of the blacksmith. As he shapes the iron on his flame, we must also shape our life with our hard work.
The poem is very delightful and it expresses the thinking of Longfellow very well. He always cared for the slightest details of the life and celebrated all those in his verse. I hope my summary will be useful for the students who have to study the poem The Village Blacksmith.