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Analysis of ‘In time of “The Breaking of Nations”’ by Thomas Hardy

Background Hardy wrote this poem when the First World War was at its height. The title of the poem is taken from the Old Testament. Hardy’s theme is the transience of the big events of history. They may be important for a while but are soon forgotten. On the contrary, the way of life of…

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Analysis of At The Word Farewell by Thomas Hardy

Background Hardy discovered his poetic genius after the death of his estranged wife, Emma. The feelings of remorse and guilt led him to pen some of his finest poems in a volume entitled Satires of Circumstance (1914). This poem is about the early days of their relationship when he unexpectedly meets her for the second…

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Analysis of ‘The Voice’, by Thomas Hardy

Background This is one of the elegiac poems written after the death of Hardy’s estranged wife, Emma. Though for several years they did not speak to each other even while living under one roof, Emma’s sudden death unleashed a wave of complicated feelings in Hardy. In this poem, Hardy imagines that she calls out to…

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Analysis of The Going by Thomas Hardy

Background Emma Hardy died on the morning of 27th November, 1921. Her passing seems to have taken Hardy by surprise. Though they lived in the same house, they had been separated for some years. This poem is one of those he wrote on the subject of her death. Though roughly elegiac in nature, it differs…

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Analysis of ‘The Convergence of the Twain’ by Thomas Hardy

Analysis of ‘The Convergence of the Twain’ by Thomas Hardy Background Analysis of ‘The Convergence of the Twain’ by Thomas Hardy -This poem was read first at a concert planned as a charity event for the victims of the Titanic disaster. Titanic sank on 12 April 1912. The manuscript of this poem bears the date…

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