...admire him is to admire the fire that is life... March 27, Longfellow’s Blacksmith The Village Blacksmith (Longfellow) can be used as a mirror to project political, economic, and social agendas. Although he was surely aware of and influenced by his culture and the events of his time, Longfellow was transparent in his message. That message was contained in the final stanza, and gains its significance in being contrasted with earlier stanzas.
Throughout the poem, Longfellow presents a highly idealized, stylized, and romantic notion of the blacksmith. He positions him as a man’s man, physically strong, well-muscled, sweaty, dark-haired, tanned, rough, virile (having sons and a daughter). He is virtuous, be...