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Analysis of "The Voice" by Thomas Hardy

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Carla Canny 3.1 The Voice by Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy wrote this poem. It has three main feelings which represent how he felt when he lost her wife; regret, guilt and remorse. The reader can find this feelings throughout the poem. Also, he wrote this for his wife, because he missed her and he regret not being there for her when he could. His wife died because she was mentally ill and he did not help her the way he should had. 1. The reader can notice the affection from the author, Thomas Hardy, to his now dead wife. ´Woman much missed...´ This reveals the closeness between both of them and most of all the affection because is addressing her directly not like much later in the poem. This is the start, when there is still love and romance between them. Also, the fact that she is gone now. 2. The author missed his wife a lot, and he could still feel her presence. ´..How you call to me, call to me.´ First of all the echoing can be representing the haunting from the wife and can be, as well, tormenting Hardy. Also, the last three words represent the author feelings, crying for help to come and join her, so they could finally be together again like they could not before. ...read more.


8. The author expresses an closeness with his wife from the beginning which is dissolved technically at the end of the poem. ´... drew near ... ´ In this really short phrase you can see the closeness between the author and his now dead wife which was really noticeable at that time. Now that closeness is gone, is it dissolved with the time and all the problems that they had. 9. Thomas Hardy knows that her wife changed and she was not like she was before she became ill. ´Where you would wait for me: yes, I knew you then,´ This shows the fact that the author feels that he is not that close to her like he was before, that things have changed. She used to do something many times, now she does not. Also, the reader can notice the fact that the author is talking to himself because of the ´yes´, affirmation, and the excitement that he used to feel. 10. The author used to have a really great image of his wife and how beautiful she was back then. ´Even to the original air-blue gown! ´ The word gown refers to the wife dress. This represented how angelic she was, as well as her innocence but wearing it because of the colour. ...read more.


But he was eventually moving forward and recovering his lost. 16. The author actually confirms that she is falling without her, without hearing her voice, which is now gone. ´Leaves around me falling, ´ The reader can recognize that this is because of how much he needs her and misses her. 17. Thomas Hardy knows things are getting worse with time about his wife and how he cannot hear her anymore. ´Wind oozing thin through the thorn from norward´ This means that the ´leaves´ were falling slowly, which from my point of view represents how things were slowly changing in his life. And that his life was taking different thorns in the way. 18. Eventually the voice, which the author missed so much, appeared. ´And the woman calling. ´This is the end of the poem, which is like the start but the reader can actually spot the difference. The author mentions this woman but now with a sense of anonymity, the feeling of change between how he used to know her and how he does not right now. In conclusion, Thomas Hardy wrote The Voice to express his feelings towards his dead wife, as well as remembering every moment with her and how things started to change. How from the nostalgia in the beginning, it stopped being like that. Also, by the changes of feelings, like guilty, remorse and regret, by not being with her when she needed him. ...read more.

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