Explain how Hardy shows loss and regret in his poems

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Explain how Hardy shows loss and regret in his poems A writer by the name of Thomas Hardy, was born on the second of June 1940, Dorchester, in Higher Bockhampton, near the countryside, this affected his writing, because his writing always made some sort of reference to nature. Hardy wrote poems and novels. His novels are largely known, his novels were influenced by society, and the main factors within society were the class system for the rich and the poor and inequality and discrimination for women. Hardy got married to his first wife Emma in 1874, although the beginning of their marriage got off to a brilliant start, it was not a very happy marriage for the rest of their time together. Emma inspired Hardy’s writing. During his marriage with Emma, he became unfaithful to her and had an affair with a lady called Florence Emily Dougdale, when they met, Florence was at the age of 28. In 1912, Hardy lost his wife, Emma and his sister, two years after Emma died, 1914. Hardy then married Florence and bought her back to her his house, the house he had lived in with his first wife. All of this affected Hardy’s poetry, which became more cathartic. We see how the following events affect his poetry in the 3 poem: The Going, The Voice and the poem At Castle Boterel. The poem ‘The Going’ tells us about a woman who died, and Hardy had many unresolved questions yet to ask her. The poem opens with the introduction to the idea that woman in this poem gave Hardy no clue that she was leaving: “Why did you give no hint that night, … You would close your term here, up and be gone” (Stanza 1, line 1 & 4) I can infer from my background knowledge, that the woman to whom this poem and the other two poems I’ll be discussing, is aimed at his first wife, who had passed away in the same year this poem was written, 1912. “Where I could not follow With wings of swallow” (Stanza 1, line 6 & 7) When Hardy uses this type of imagery, it makes the audience think that she, Emma, left in a dignified way, because swallows are graceful birds, and that he cannot follow her because she has gone to a better place, maybe heaven. But he cannot follow because of the sinful thing he did on Earth (he had an affair). This shows his feelings of loss and regret because it makes the reader think that that he is missing her terribly, because she has flown off and left him, and he cannot

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that thomas hardy was born on the second of june.
  • Describes the house he had lived in with his first wife.
  • Opines that you would close your term here, up and be gone.
  • Analyzes how hardy feels his life is in a dark, wet, and damp place.
  • Opines that it is not possible for them to visit the places they once visited.
  • Explains that the voice is about a woman who he believes is calling out to.
  • Opines that this is a very powerful word because women are very strong words.
  • Describes the words of the song, "can it be you that i hear? let me view you, then."
  • Narrates how emma died and hardy couldn't stop it. emma's death was the only thing emma could do.
  • Analyzes how the setting of this poem is based on a stanza 2, line 7.
  • Explains that in the poem: at castle boterel, hardy is mentioned.
  • Explains that drizzle isn't a lot of rain, but it's enough to make you feel like you're soaked.
  • Explains that march is a month in spring, as if new love was to grow in.
  • Analyzes how hardy writes in the same stanza that the tense in which he is writing is.
  • Analyzes how hardy is finally trying to move on in the last stanza.
  • Analyzes how life is like a carpet, waiting to be trod on softly. we find out later on from the poem that they did not stay on the path.
  • Analyzes how hardy has no control over his life, as if his feet are not on the ground. he resents the fact that when his wife was with him, he didn't make an effort to get along with her.
  • Explains that the only way he can greet her is with the cold word.
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