The Forge by Seamus Heaney is a poem about a blacksmith’s workshop. The speaker is looking at the forge and the blacksmith working there. He describes the sound and heat of the forge, and the blacksmith’s hammer as he shapes the iron. The speaker compares the blacksmith’s work to that of a poet, shaping words into poems. The poem ends with the blacksmith working on a horseshoe, and the speaker imagining the horse that will wear it.
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