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When writing a literary analysis on Thomas Hardy's "The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion," I would suggest that the most natural starting point is to think thematically. What are the key...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2021 10:09 pm UTC

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In this poem, Hardy describes in detail the transformative effect of snow on the English suburbs. To begin, Hardy uses imagery to convey this transformation. The twigs are so weighed down by snow,...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2017 7:22 am UTC

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Thomas Hardy's Wessex Tales are filled with fascinating themes that make readers think deeply about the stories' characters and plots as well as about their own lives and experiences. Let's look at...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2021 4:29 pm UTC

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A dead woman and her dog are in dialogue in this poem. The dead woman senses that someone is digging on her grave. She assumes it is because she is being remembered. At first, she jumps to the...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2019 7:41 pm UTC

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This seemingly simple poem filled with rich imagery contrasts two rain storms. Keep in mind that the title, "Weathers," can be read as a pun on "whethers." In the first stanza, the rain is welcomed...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2017 12:54 pm UTC

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Summary: The poem comes from Hardy's memory of a these three days in his life. Although nothing is mentioned in the poem about any of this, it is obvious that the poet is quite excited and happy...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2012 2:32 pm UTC

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Thematically, Hardy's poetry is deeply pessimistic and fatalistic, anticipating the alienation of the post-World War I "lost generation" even in his poems composed before 1914 (he died in 1928 and...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

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Thomas Hardy wrote "Thoughts of Phena" after the death of his cousin. Its full title is "Thoughts of Phena at News of Her Death." With this in mind, this poem can be labeled an elegy, written in...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021 10:29 pm UTC

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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"...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 6:41 pm UTC

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In Thomas Hardy's "The Withered Arm," of the several characters in the story, the two main characters in the story are Rhoda Brook and Gertrude Lodge. The narrator concentrates first on Rhoda, and...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2012 6:29 am UTC

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Every person who reads a poem has their own take on it. Poems are highly personal and subjective in their reach, but to me this poem speaks very strongly of silence. There is a particular sort of...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2013 4:15 pm UTC

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The tone of “The Workbox” by Thomas Hardy is despondent and fatalistic. In his poem, which is written as a conversation between a husband and wife, he describes life as he understands it. To Hardy,...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2016 3:23 am UTC

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Your original question actually contained multiple questions, which are forbidden in enotes. I have therefore edited your question to focus on the theme of this curious and fascinating poem. Please...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2011 7:08 pm UTC

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One of the most important symbols in Thomas Hardy's "The Oxen" is knees. Knees are not merely a piece of human anatomy in this poem but a symbol of submission, even subordination. It can be...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2014 5:59 am UTC

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Thomas Hardy's poem "Paying Calls" is about a man who has come to a place in his life which makes him reminisce about his past. He begins to make calls upon those he has not contacted in a very...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2011 7:27 am UTC

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Figures of speech that Hardy use include anaphora, which is when the same word or words at the beginning of a line are repeated in consecutive lines. This occurs at the beginning of the poem, when...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021 9:35 pm UTC

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A blank verse poem is a poem written in iambic pentameter and does not rhyme. An iamb is a group of words, or one word, which consists of one unstressed and one stressed foot. Pentameter simply...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011 5:26 am UTC

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Conclusion of previous answer: Line 18 is especially interesting, since the speaker imagines that life regards him and other humans as children. In other words, he assumes that life is not...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012 5:57 am UTC

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One aspect that you have to focus on is how the setting is created through careful choice of diction. The details that are created through word choice help to create the gloomy, depressing mood...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2010 7:45 pm UTC

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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"...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020 2:10 pm UTC

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Gertrude is the young, beautiful, gentle wife of Mr. Lodge, who has, in Rhoda's mind, taken Rhoda's place by becoming Lodge's wife. While Rhoda survives on her pride in having borne a son to...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2012 3:21 am UTC

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Thomas Hardy’s poem “Nobody Comes” has an ethereal quality. Its melancholy tone communicates a sadness as he waits for someone who does not come. Typical of Hardy’s poetry in later life, the poem...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2012 10:21 pm UTC

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The poet discovers that it is a dog digging on his grave. The speaker is happy, because she thinks the dog's fidelity has extended beyond her life. Unfortunately, in the last stanza she discovers...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2013 2:50 pm UTC

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In trying to situate Thomas Hardy in the history of English poetry, it is useful to compare and contrast him with two very different poets – Gerard Manley Hopkins and A. E. Housman. When compared...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2011 4:24 am UTC

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In the first stanza, the speaker thinks about a time in the past when she was a child and would have been scared of the stormy night that she is experiencing at that moment. The storm here could be...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021 9:42 am UTC

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Although this poem contains no examples of similes, metaphors and personification, you would do well to pay attention to the other sound effects that Hardy uses in this poem. Chief among these is...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2011 7:59 pm UTC

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In Thomas Hardy's "A Trampwoman's Tragedy," a woman travels with her lover, Mother Lee and "jeering John." Based on the title, it seems these are people that travel from town to town, looking for...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2012 2:47 am UTC

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In this seemingly simple poem about village life, a woodworker or "joiner" gives his wife a wooden sewing box he has made for her. At first, this appears a touching gesture, and the wife approaches...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 11:33 pm UTC

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In this poem, a husband and wife are sitting in their cottage when the man asks the wife why she is staring at the candle so intently: "Unblinking with those great lost luminous eyes?" She replies...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2016 12:08 pm UTC

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In the first stanza of the poem, Hardy tries to recall the woman who has died, and who he loved. He calls her his "lost prize," indicating that he regrets not trying harder to make a relationship...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2021 11:24 am UTC

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Thomas Hardy's speaker addresses a group of four people, which includes the speaker. The overall tone is somber and nostalgic. The primary imagery relates to the natural landscape and the passage...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 11:53 pm UTC

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In this poem, a man is seeing his beloved off at a train station and watches her disappear in her "soft white array." The man knows they will meet again, as they have made plans to do so, but he...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2017 11:32 am UTC

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The workbox is a box the husband gives his wife to keep her sewing supplies in. He has made it from the same oak that was used to make the coffin of John Wayward. The wife is shocked by the news...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2010 4:00 am UTC

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The story is indeed a humorous one - starting with the irony of the title. Tony Kytes is far from an ‘arch deceiver’ as his plan of hiding each of his ladies in his cart as he comes across them is...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2010 2:20 pm UTC

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An analysis of Thomas Hardy’s The Distracted Preacher could delve into its comedic elements. Hardy’s novella is supposed to be funny. Consider the traits that make it humorous. Comedies tend to...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2021 2:45 pm UTC

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Thomas Hardy’s poem “Plena Timoris” (that is, “Full of Fear”) opens by describing two lovers looking over a wall that in turn overlooks a canal as the moon moves above them toward the south. They...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2012 10:50 am UTC

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Hardy describes the war by locating the setting in time and place. Specific words give the location and the war in that location gives the approximate time. The words kopje, as in kopje-crest,...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2011 1:04 pm UTC

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In this poem, the speaker starts out by looking into his mirror and seeing how thin his body has become. He is clearly getting older and his muscles are getting smaller. What he is saying in the...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2010 10:59 am UTC

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Thomas Hardy's poem "The Harbour Bridge" takes the death of a relationship as its theme. The first quarter of the poem describes the bridge itself, but Hardy's words hint at the ominous outcome of...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2012 2:35 am UTC

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Satires of Circumstance is a collection of Hardy’s poems that was first published in 1914. The poems in this collection appear under various headings: 'Lyrics and Reveries', 'Satires of...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2014 6:31 pm UTC

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The overwhelming impression that this poem gives us of poor Drummer Hodge is the way in which he is so obviously a fish out of water in the country where he dies and is buried. It is interesting to...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 6:46 pm UTC

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Thomas Hardy’s poem “A Trampwoman’s Tragedy” is a ballad spoken by the figure mentioned in the titled. During the course of the poem, the trampwoman (or poor, itinerant woman) tells how she...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2012 4:27 am UTC

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There are two types of strategies Thomas Hardy uses to make his unsettling poem, “I Look into my Glass”, striking and memorable. The first element that makes it memorable is literary form, and the...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2015 2:33 pm UTC

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Thomas Hardy was English writer best known for novels such as Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Jude the Obscure....

Latest answer posted November 14, 2020 5:39 pm UTC

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In his short story “On the Western Circuit,” author Thomas Hardy primarily employs a third-person omniscient narrator. He also makes extensive use of dialogue. Hardy does not specifically employ...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2020 11:13 pm UTC

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Thomas Hardy's "After the Visit" in a beautiful and interesting poem. It is made up of six stanza, a total of twenty-four lines, and its rhyme scheme is abba, abba, etc. In order to best understand...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2011 9:32 am UTC

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The soldier in Thomas Hardy's poem is an infantryman. We see this in the first line of the second stanza, when he says "But ranged as infantry." That means he fights in the military. He also...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 9:23 pm UTC

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Both Thomas Hardy's poem, "The Man He Killed" and Randall Jarrell's "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" focus on the theme of the futility and senselessness, and waste of war. In Hardy's poem,...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2010 3:09 pm UTC

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The stanza in question, from Thomas Hardy's poem "Afterwards", comes from the first stanza of the poem. The poem refers to the fact that things are changing in the world. The phrase "the Present...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2011 11:28 pm UTC

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In the poem "The Milkmaid", Thomas Hardy uses unromantic diction to show the realism of country life. He describes the "cotton-hooded milkmaid" in her rude, real clothes. He...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2008 12:47 pm UTC

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