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Compare 'After a journey' and 'The Voice' - Examine Hardy's use of language in these two poems.

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COMPARE 'AFTER A JOURNEY' AND 'THE VOICE'. EXAMINE HARDY'S USE OF LANGUAGE IN THESE TWO POEMS. The voice was written in the same year Hardys beloved wife Emma died. So the poem focuses on his heartache and loss over her. It shows his depression and how he mourned, we feel for him because he uses imagery and complexity in the poem to give us an idea of how he felt. From the first line we can tell what the poem is about "Woman much missed, how you call to me, call to me" This line shows how he misses his wife greatly. The poem seems to be in a kind of logical order, as he describes his feelings and what happened in the time after her death - " Faltering forward" This quote shows us how he will mourn again soon because he is finding it extremely hard to get over his deceased wife. ...read more.

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The second of the two poems "after a journey" was wrote almost 2 years after Emma's death. He is trying to act positively and remember the good times him and his past wife had together. In the first line he says " I cam to interview a voiceless ghost", this is a paradox because it is impossible to interview a voiceless ghost. In the poem, he asks questions which suggests he is confused and still has things that he needs answering. This poem takes on an ABABCDDC structure. This could be because he wants to show us there has been change in the two years since the first poem. No longer is he constantly mourning, yet he is still lonely. The longer verses could also mean that he has more to say. He has not forgot her and he shows this by saying: " Your nut-colored hair, rose-flush". ...read more.

Conclusion

"Ignorant of what there is flitting here to see" This shows us how no one can imagine what he has lost because she was such a big part of his life. Although the two poems are by the same an both vary in some ways. The way the second is structured and wrote gives a big impression of change, he wants other people to understand his feelings whereas in the first he was basically talking to Emma. The second poem is more nostalgic (he looks back and tries to remember the good things about their life together not the bad as the quote below shows). "Re-entered your old haunts" Therefore, I conclude both poems show how in love he was with Emma, and how much of a loss he felt when she died. Yet as time went on, he did not want to be sad anymore, so wanted to remember the good times of their life. Hardys writing techniques make these poems similar yet completely different too. FAYE OLIVER 11H 8069 ...read more.

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