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Famous Blacksmiths Poems by Famous Poets

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by Whitman, Walt
...rpens his knife at the stall
 in the market; 
I loiter, enjoying his repartee, and his shuffle and break-down.

Blacksmiths with grimed and hairy chests environ the anvil; 
Each has his main-sledge—they are all out—(there is a great heat in
 the fire.) 

From the cinder-strew’d threshold I follow their movements; 
The lithe sheer of their waists plays even with their massive arms; 
Over-hand the hammers swing—over-hand so slow—over-hand so sure:
They do not...Read More



by Whitman, Walt
...ehold how the ash writhes under those muscular arms! 

There by the furnace, and there by the anvil, 
Behold thy sturdy blacksmiths, swinging their sledges; 
Overhand so steady—overhand they turn and fall, with joyous clank,
Like a tumult of laughter. 

Behold! (for still the procession moves,) 
Behold, Mother of All, thy countless sailors, boatmen, coasters! 
The myriads of thy young and old mechanics! 
Mark—mark the spirit of invention everywhere—thy rapid patents,
Thy ...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...a much cleverer man than Sir John Cope. 

There were masons and ploughmen all in a row,
Also tailors, tenters, and blacksmiths, which made a grand show;
Likewise carters and bakers which was most beautiful to be seen,
To see them marching from the Esplanade to the Magdalen Green. 

I'm sure it was a most beautiful sight to see,
The like has never been seen before in Dundee;
Such a body of men, and Gladstone at the helm,
Such a sight, I'm sure, 'twould the Lords o'erw...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...unition were gathered in the square; 
While peaceful folk were praying or croaking, every one, 
He was working with his blacksmiths at the carriage of a gun. 

While the Council sat on Sunday, and the church bells rang their peal, 
The quiet man was mending a broken waggon wheel; 
While they passed their resolutions on his doings (and the likes), 
From a pile his men brought to him he was choosing poles for pikes. 

(They were hanging men in Buckland who would not che...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel
...THE North Star whispers: "You are one 
Of those whose course no chance can change. 
You blunder, but are not undone, 
Your spirit-task is fixed and strange. 

"When here you walk, a bloodless shade, 
A singer all men else forget. 
Your chants of hammer, forge and spade 
Will move the prarie-village yet. 

"That young, stiff-necked, reviling...Read More



by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...eir great emperor when the morning came;
And kissed--alas, how many kiss the same!

The soldiers dreamed that they were blacksmiths, and
Walked out of quarters in somnambulism;
Round the red anvils you might see them stand
Like Cyclopses in Vulcan's sooty abysm,
Beating their swords to ploughshares:--in a band
The jailors sent those of the liberal schism
Free through the streets of Memphis--much, I wis,
To the annoyance of king Amasis.

And timid lovers, who had been so c...Read More

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