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Thomas Hardy

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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The poem "In Church" is representative of Hardy's many religious poems. Thomas Hardy began as a novelist and turned to writing poetry later in life. Hardy wrote with a pessimistic outlook on life...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2013 9:08 pm 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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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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Let's look at the language of the first stanza; I will put stressed syllables in a bold font and use the "|" symbol to separate metrical feet: I mean | to build | a hall | a nonAnd shape | two tur...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2019 1:14 pm 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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With regard to the statement, "Death is a common theme in Hardy's poetry," I would have to agree . One source cites: [Hardy's] works are often deeply pessimistic and full of bitter irony, in sharp...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2010 12:04 pm UTC

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In part, Thomas Hardy is here describing the movement within the Church of England known as ritualism, in which great care was taken in the outward and aesthetic aspects of the church service. On...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 6:01 pm UTC

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I believe you're referring to the short story "The Withered Arm" by Thomas Hardy. Mr. Lodge and his beautiful young wife, Gertrude, are traveling in a handsome new gig along the road from Anglebury...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 11:30 am UTC

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In the poem "The Pine Planters," we see the painful awareness of love not returned. The poem is spoken by Marty South, a young woman who is secretly in love with Giles. She has loved him for a long...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2015 5:07 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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Hardy uses events in his novels to illustrate that random chance rather than "God's plan for our lives" is the decisive factor in what happens to people. For his characters, events are often...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 11:47 am UTC

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The effect of Hardy's use of words from the Dorset dialect frequently is intended to show the difference between educated people and those who are not educated. For instance, in The Mayor of...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2020 2:35 pm UTC

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Since the answer is intertwined with the lines of the poem, this is a little awkward to answer. Let's start by defining a couple of things. Hardy (1840-1928) is writing about a drummer boy in the...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2012 8:00 pm UTC

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An annotated bibliography should include a summary and your evaluation of each of the sources--books, websites, magazines, newsletters or etc. you look at for your research. Depending upon whether...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2010 2:41 am UTC

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I must admit, I would want to widen the statement to refer generally to Hardy's sense of pessimism in his poetry. Death of course is just one aspect that he touches upon, but you will also want to...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2010 8:00 pm UTC

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As mentioned, the vacillation of Hardy exists, so much so that he has been called, "The Good Grey Poet." This is what makes him such a vital poet and one to whom so many readers can relate. Donald...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2010 11:00 am UTC

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Hardy's sense of waste and frustation in life is most aptly captured in the character of Mrs. Harnham, the friend of Anna, who is clearly trapped in a marriage where she has little regard for her...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2013 7:21 am UTC

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The rose of the title represents the love the husband never "planted" or nurtured in his relationship with his wife. His wife finally plants the roses (which symbolize love) that he promised, but...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 12:58 pm UTC

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Probably the most prominent stylistic feature in "The Spell of the Rose" is the symbol of the eponymous rose. In the first stanza the speaker declares that he will "Plant roses love shall feed...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019 10:17 pm UTC

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I will note a famous Hardy poem, "The Darkling Thrush," to talk about how Hardy bridged the Victorian and the Modern age. This will involve talking in broad strokes about both eras. In general, the...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 12:22 am UTC

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Hardy's "Where the Picnic Was" depicts a trip by the speaker to the place where a summer picnic once took place. The picnic has literally and figuratively made its mark on the landscape, just as it...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020 8:39 pm UTC

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One of Thomas Hardy's best-known poems is "Hap," in which the speaker expresses the view that an indifferent universe, one governed by chance, is worse than one ruled by a hostile God. If there...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 2:06 am UTC

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My understanding of an allusion is that is refers to a famous person, place or event. However, I have always thought they were references that carry a meaning that supports a statement or...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2010 9:16 am UTC

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Hardy conveys Marty's sense of despair through descriptive imagery and other literary devices. In the poem, Marty laments that the man she is infatuated with is oblivious to her state of mind and...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 4:01 pm UTC

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Thomas Hardy's poetry often retold an event that he had experienced or real life case that he had explored. This is the case in his poem, "A Trampwoman's Tragedy," published in 1903. The poem...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012 12:26 am UTC

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