• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Supernatural in 'The Voice" by Thomas Hardy

Extracts from this document...


How effective do you find Hardy's presentation of the supernatural vision in 'The Voice'? Thomas Hardy is a poet well known for his pessimism and dark and gloomy undertone in his poems. He does not believe in God or heaven, but instead in the supernatural or spiritual force. This is strongly evident in the poem 'The Voice'. The 'woman' that 'call(s) to (him)' is his wife Emma, whose death is the source of his pain. The persona never refers to Emma by name, instead he calls her 'the woman', 'she' or as 'a ghost' in 'After a Journey' and even as a 'shadow' in 'The Shadow on the Stone'. The persona no longer calls Emma by name as he no longer recognises what form she has taken now that she has passed away and 'where (she) ...read more.


that (he) hear(s)'? The repetition of 'call to me' is a device used to signify how her voice echoes in his subconscious. Emma tells him that she is 'not as (she was)' and that she has 'changed from the one who was all to (him)'. He then decides to conjure up an image of her when they were courting, a time when she was young and vibrant with life. Every detail is cemented in his mind, 'even to the original air-blue gown'. 'Air-blue' is a translucent, even transparent colour, one that ghost or spectre would appear as. In the third stanza, the assonance in the words 'wistlessness' and 'listlessness' create a soft, mysterious and flowing sound to signify the sound the 'breeze' is making, hence having an onomatopoeic effect. ...read more.


sweets, but autumn wrought division' between him and Emma. Autumn is clearly a season of despair and sadness for the persona. Onomatopoeia is used in 'wind oozing', the 'oo' sound representing the wind and creating a ghostly and eerie effect. The 'thorn from norward' represents the pain and anguish the persona is experiencing, and the 'wind' carries it to him. And still he hears the voice of 'the woman calling'. Throughout the poem, there runs an echo of a supernatural force. The poem resonates with sadness and melancholy, and with the voice of a beloved woman long dead. The irrational world is the only realm where the persona can be rational and sane. The persona's love for 'the woman' is so strong; he is willing to sacrifice his sanity in order to "meet" her. The poem has an extraordinary impact on the reader, and is proof that loves knows no boundaries and is not limited only to the physical world. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Poets section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Poets essays

  1. The Darkling Thrush, The Voice, The Going and The Convergance of the Twain revision ...

    This quasi-religious tone is reinforced with the word 'caroling' in the first line of the final stanza * What does Hardy mean by saying that "little cause" for the joyful singing was "written on terrestrial things" ? If the cause is not found in terrestrial things, where, by implication, might it be found?

  2. Fern Hill By Dylan Thomas, summary and commentary.

    in order to explore the theme of journey from innocence to experience. The theme is based on William Blake?s division the world of experience and it is reinforced through the use of Wordsworthian double consciousness. The poem can be divided into two parts: the first three stanza are related to

  1. Discuss Thomas presentation of strong emotions in Tears.

    Throughout his poems and especially in Tears, Thomas suggests that he sees himself as alone and isolated from the world or larger community. It is therefore clear that the strong emotion of solitude and loneliness is a theme throughout Thomas? collection and may once again be a reflection of his depression.

  2. At Mornington and Father and Child are poems which both demonstrate Harwoods distinctive voice

    It shows that she too has grown above her ?humble station? - not necessarily external success but bridging the gap between the conscious and unconscious. However, this metaphor alone is insufficient to make sense of her existence, and it is this gap between reality and the naming of it which is a key element of psychoanalytical theory.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work