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Critically analyse poem "Afterwards" by Thomas Hardy. In detail please.

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The poet Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in England. Many of his poems and writings were considered to be quite gloomy and dark, but he was also inspirational in many ways.

The poem "Afterwards" explores the idea of remembrance after death. The speaker poses the question: how will I be remembered once I'm gone?

Each stanza ends with a possible observation which might be given by a neighbor or friend. The speaker is wondering whether he will be remembered as he hopes. These questions show us attributes which he may be proud of or identify with, but he isn't sure whether others also notice these same characteristics.

The structure of the poem, quatrains with an ABAB rhyme, is rhythmic and familiar. He may be encouraging the reader to consider how common death is. The poem isn't really about death, after all. There's no fear or sadness in this poem, rather a comfortable ruminating tone.

In fact, the poem may be urging the reader to consider their own life. What kind of legacy are you leaving...

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