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Jake Greenberg

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Transcript of Ironsmith

I HF rCnsm th. Ironsmithing is a very old practice, dating back
to the second millenium before christ. iron artifacts have been found in
india that date from 1600 - 1200 B.C. although relatively weak by itself, iron
becomes much stronger when alloyed. This combination of iron and another element, usually carbon, is
called steel, and can be up to 1,000 times stronger than regular iron. blacksmithing is one of the worlds oldest
professions, BEginning in some places as
Early as 3000 B.C., with the smelting and
smithing of copper and bronze. With the
Advent of this new technology, hunting
and protection, as well as metalworking
in terms of art, began to Improve Greatly. The most basic tool of blacksmithing is the anvil. it works by transferring the energy from the hammer, into the piece of metal being hammered, which is then transferred into the metal of the anvil and finally into a wooden block beneath the anvil. The hammer slowly crushes the iron, Sparks fly and disperse on the ground like stars. The metal curves and twists into its shape, A rigid serpent, moving at my word. The snake is lifted, then set down again, It’s neck against a ridge of rough, chippEd ore. Once more the hammer falls upon his flesh, His throat is gouged, and only the heat of His solid, unflowing veins escapes it. Turned back and forth again, bent, contorted Until he is torn asunder By force. Another coiled alloy joins the first, Their tails burnt and melted together, Not knowing Where each others head begins, And where the others flattenED Snout leads to. alloy: a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals with a nonmetal, intimately mixed, as by fusion or electrodeposition. gouge: to dig or force out with or as if with a gouge: ore: a metal-bearing mineral or rock, or a native metal, that can be mined at a profit. contorted: twisted in a violent manner; distorted. http://www.unifr.ch/geoscience/mineralogy/archmet/images/content/metals/mali_sissongo_smith.jpg http://www.jerusalemmill.org/images/blacksmithing.jpg http://www.lostcrafts.com/sitebuilder/images/Anvil_fig2-600x350.jpg actually working the iron is a fairly simple process - the length of the metal is placed on an anvil or a flat piece of metal with a depression in it, and then it is hammered into the desired shape. when a length of iron is to be cut, it is placed on a sharp edge, hammered until it begins to split, and then flipped over and hammered again, until the piece of undesirable metal is hammered off. Analysis:

"rigid serpent"
"THe snake"
"his throat"
"It's Neck"
"solid, unflowing veins"
"their tails"
"flattened head"
- metaphors

Written in iambic pentameter
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