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Explain the imagery used by Thomas Hardy in his poem "The Voice."

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The Voice” by Thomas Hardy was written after the death of his first wife Emma.  Much of his later poetry reflects the her loss. Their marriage was not happy; however, after her death, Hardy seems to regret their estrangement and his lack of care for her during her illness.  He wrote:

‘I wrote just after Emma died, when I looked back at
her as she had originally been, and when I felt
miserable lest I had not treated her considerately in later life.
However, I shall publish them as the only amends I can make.’

Knowing this background gives the reader a better understanding of this particular poem. The narration is spoken as though the poet is speaking to his lost love.

The poem consists of four stanzas which are constructed around...

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