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Write a critical analysis of the poem "In Church" by the poet Thomas Hardy.

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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 not only in his fiction but in his poetry as well.  His characters often are the subject of an unkind and indifferent fate.

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The two stanzas follow a set rhyme scheme: A B ABCC. The poem is narrated with a third person point of view. The setting is the auditorium of a church then the vestry to the side of the pulpit.  The poem is straightforward and clear in its diction and vocabulary .  There are three...

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In Church

 

"And now to God the Father", he ends,

And his voice thrills up to the topmost tiles:

Each listener chokes as he bows and bends,

And emotion pervades the crowded aisles.

Then the preacher glides to the vestry-door,

And shuts it, and thinks he is seen no more.

 

The door swings softly ajar meanwhile,

And a pupil of his in the Bible class,

Who adores him as one without gloss or guile,

Sees her idol stand with a satisfied smile

And re-enact at the vestry-glass

Each pulpit gesture in deft dumb-show

That had moved the congregation so.

 

Thomas Hardy

  • its a religious poetry speaks on christianity
  • tells about god annd how he s worshipped 

 

 

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