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the village schoolmaster by oliver goldsmith a commentary on the poem
The Village Schoolmaster by Oliver Goldsmith - a commentary on the poem

Steve.neal@marrasouk.co.uk

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the village schoolmaster is an extract from a longer poem the deserted village
“The Village Schoolmaster is an extract from a longer poem - “The Deserted Village.”

The common land

was fenced off

by the rich

Villages

were

deserted

The poor had

nowhere to graze

their animals

or collect fuel

The poor were forced

to work in towns

in factories

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the poem is a portrait of a village schoolmaster
The poem is a portrait of a village schoolmaster

The first 2 lines

sets the scene

of a deserted village

The village was

where he taught

“unprofitably gay”

The fence

“Straggles”

The gorse

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goldsmith shows us the different sides of the schoolmaster
Goldsmith shows us the different sides of the schoolmaster

He mentions his

strengths

Suggests he was

strict with

those

who missed school.

“Skilled to rule”

But also his more

intimidating side

“and every truant knew”

“stern to view”

“severe”

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the pupils could guess his mood for that day by the expression on his face
The pupils could guess his mood for that day by the expression on his face

Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace

The day’s disasters in his morning face;

But “boding tremblers”

is comic

- it’s exaggerated

These words suggest it

wasn’t a good mood

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the pupils laughed at his jokes
The pupils laughed at his jokes

Did I tell you

the one about..

“counterfeited glee,”

Their laughter was faked

And then there’s

the one about..

“, the dismal tidings

when he frown'd:”

“for many a joke had he,”

But his mood could change

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Goldsmith doesn’t

give us any

examples of his kindness

but goes on to tell us..

“Yet he was kind”

anything

strict

“or if severe in aught,

The love he bore to learning was in fault”

The schoolmaster loved learning too much,

until it became a fault.

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The village all declar'd how much he knew;

All useful skills in

the eyes of the

uneducated villagers

but not evidence of

great learning

write

cipher

measure

terms and tides presage

Do maths

Predict the dates of

religious festivals and holidays

More complex maths-

calculating liquid

in a barrel or rainfall

“the story’ suggest

it’s difficult to believe

And e'en the story ran that he could gauge.

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In arguing too, the parson own'd his skill,

This appears to be a

compliment

about the schoolmaster

The vicar - a man

with education

But it’s a very particular

type of skill

defeated

For even though vanquish'd he could argue still;

He carried on arguing after he had lost

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the schoolmaster tries to impress the villagers with
The schoolmaster tries to impress the villagers with..

Sounds

impressive

words of learned length

and thundering sound

I’m amazed

He’s held in

high regard

by the villagers,

who are impressed

by his knowledge.

I gaze

How can that

“small head”

hold all that

Knowledge?

My

wonder

grows

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a quick note on the form of the poem
A quick note on the form of the poem:

Rhymes with

the following line:

aa, bb, cc etc

10 syllables in each line

Full well the busy whisper, circling round,

Conveyed the dismal tidings when he frowned.

A popular

eighteenth

century

verse form

These are closed

couplets; each couplet

is a unit of sense

It’s a heroic

couplet

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