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A Trampwomans tragedy.

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A Trampwomans tragedy. My first impression of this poem when I look at it is that it tends to drawl on. Usually Hardy poems are short and to the point but this one seems to be an exception. As I begin to read the poem it becomes apparent that a strong message is trying to be put into the readers mind. That good prevails in the end. The first few stanzas portray a struggle between many different forces of nature and humanity. Love and hate, good and evil, truth and deception to name but a few. The amount of feeling Hardy manages to create in this poem is astonishing. He has I believe had experiences at this place called 'Wynards Gap', perhaps a sorrow or gain has swung his way at this fair place. ...read more.


Whether happy or sad they still form an important part of the spirit of Thomas Hardy. The death in this poem is greeted with fairly little emotion from Hardy. This could be because he does not feel much towards the victim or perhaps he does not wish to dwell upon it in this poem itself. He may want to just get over the death and try to move on, this seems a stumbling block for his emotions to deal with. Indeed this could only be true if the events spoken of are real. He speaks of: 'As I lay weak' This shows he has little compassion for the victim but wants us to sympathize with his situation. ...read more.


The rhythm, choice of words and basic topic and outline present an obvious sad and mellow tone. The long structure seems to reveal a sense of droning and possibly boredom over the way Hardys life was with this person. He may regret this and want another try at the relationship this is of course now impossible. I would however like to think that Hardy regrets the way his life entangled with the individual written of. This is left somewhat short in the end and Hardys true feelings are not evident in the finale of this poem. This may be left for the reader to in a sense read into or just that Hardy himself does not want to share. I find this hard to believe as Hardys openness is always there in his poems. His honesty and truth usually shine through. By Josh Harris ...read more.

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