The Village Blacksmith
a book talk with John Babin
Thursday, April 8, 6pm-7pm
First published in 1840, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Village Blacksmith” describes a craftsman, his work, his daily life, and the role he plays in his community. In the more than 100 years since its publication, the poem has inspired readers, musicians, and filmmakers alike. This new book is the first in a series that introduces Longfellow’s poetry to a new audience of young readers. Learn the story of the poet’s inspiration that led him to not only write this timeless classic, but also “From My Arm-Chair”, a poem written to the children of Cambridge, MA as gratitude for their gift of a chair. The chair was made from the spreading chestnut tree that sheltered the blacksmith shop referenced in the poem.
About the author: John William Babin is the author of the book, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in Portland: The Fireside Poet of Maine published by History Press. John’s work as a research assistant has been acknowledged in a number of published books and articles. John works at the Maine Historical Society/Wadsworth-Longfellow House as the Visitor Services Manager.
Cost: Free and open to the public, registration required.
Location: online via Zoom, limited to 500 attendees.