The Village Blacksmith

Strike a mighty blow for poetry analysis with a lesson that uses Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Village Blacksmith" as the core text. Using the Poetry Analysis Worksheet, scholars learn how knowledge of the poetic devices a poet employs can help them interpret and analyze a poem.

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Instructional Ideas
  • For independent practice, ask class members to select another poem and complete the Poetry Analysis Graphic Organizer for it
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson includes links to background information, a PowerPoint presentation, a graphic organizer, and the complete text of the poem
  • Requires copies of the poem and of the graphic organizer
Pros
  • The eight-step process is specific and takes the mystery out of poetry analysis
Cons
  • None