Explain the irony found in the poem "Her Immortality" by Thomas Hardy.

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Irony occurs when there is a gap between what we expect to happen and what actually occurs or when words work out to mean the opposite of what they are meant to mean.

The irony in "Her Immorality" is subtle for a modern audience, as we live in a secular age. The twist in the poem—and what makes it modern—is that the speaker would love to join his beloved by dying, but he can't. She pleads with him from beyond the grave to stay alive, because everyone else—all her family and friends—have forgotten her. Should he die, nobody...

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