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Beginning with an examination of The Voice(TM), consider some of the ways in which Hardy gives poetic expression to his personal grief.

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Beginning with an examination of 'The Voice', consider some of the ways in which Hardy gives poetic expression to his personal grief. Throughout much of Hardy's poetry there are various different connotations of grief presented, whether it is grievance for his late wife Emma or the diverse accounts of war that are shown. The poetic expressions of these poems provoke emotion to the reader and help them to relate to Hardy's personal grief in some way. One of the poems where this effect is apparent is 'The Voice'. The extended metaphor of the wind has taken the naturalistic entity of the wind and changed it into Emma's voice haunting him and thus personifying it to be Emma. The wind also creates an idea of Hardy's longing for her to return to him, this is portrayed by the way Hardy creates the effect of an echo, 'call to me, call to me' not only does the repetition demonstrate an echo it also helps the reader to grasp the fact that Hardy feels hopeless in his searching for Emma, as whatever he does he will not be able to retrieve her. This poetic expression of the wind is displayed with various free and loose punctuation to create the idea of Emma being now free and changeable, like ...read more.

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However in this poem it seems apparent that Hardy reluctantly accepts that Emma has gone and however hard he tries to reconnect to her, this wish will never come true. The poem itself begins with a regretful yearning tone that continues throughout, 'O the opal and sapphire of that wandering western sea' the opening to the poem of 'O' creates a yearning emotion that sets a theme for the rest of the poem, it is made very obvious that Hardy misses Emma's presence and the description of the precious stones, 'opal and sapphire' reflect upon Hardy's precious memories of his wife, however memories are all he has, which shows the grief given through his poetic expression as all he has left of Emma are his memories. He then continues to show his regret, ' the woman whom I loved so, and who loyally loved me' this perhaps shows Hardy's regret towards not showing Emma his true feelings towards her whilst she was alive, and also how he felt that she 'loyally loved' him, yet he did not show the same loyalty. Throughout the first three stanzas of the poem, it seems as thought Hardy is trying to elicit the emotion of memory so that he can bring back the happiness he felt when he was with Emma at 'Beeny Cliff'. ...read more.

Conclusion

expression of this phrase shows Hardy's pause whilst he is thinking about where Emma actually is, and it also creates the idea that he doesn't know where she is but he does know he can never find her, illuminating his grief as he has now accepted the fact that he will never find Emma anywhere, even where he feels her memory is at its strongest. The ending of this poem also reflects how Hardy feels, as Emma 'nor knows, nor cares for Beeny, and will laugh there nevermore.' Hardy's grief is again emphasised as he will never recapture Emma as she is now completely indifferent to the word and her life with Hardy, and this allows him to finally accept that Emma is gone and finished, it is almost as though this revelation has given Hardy a sense of finality to his situation. In conclusion, Hardy uses many different ways to give poetic expression to his personal grief, ranging from personifying nature to represent Emma to finally allowing himself to believe that she is gone, and knowing that all he now has are his memories, and that no matter how hard he tries, they will never bring Emma back, which Hardy has finally accepted, no matter how much grief and anguish it may have caused him. ...read more.

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