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Compare and contrast After A Journey and The Voice We have been looking at two of Hardy’s poem s in great depth, The Voice and After A Journey.

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Compare and contrast After A Journey and The Voice We have been looking at two of Hardy's poem s in great depth, The Voice and After A Journey. Both of these poems were written by Thomas Hardy, who besides an author was also an architect. The two poems are set in the countryside. In The Voice, we can see this because of the kind of climate described, "Wind oozing thin through the thorn from norward." In After A Journey, we know the poem is set in the countryside because of the scenery described. "Up the cliff, down, till I'm lonely." As the poems are set in the countryside it emphasis the fact that we are close to nature. In Hardy's poems, he uses the natural surroundings and happenings to describe the love between the ghost and the speaker, for example, in After A Journey; "Summer gave us sweets, but autumn wrought division?" This means that the relationship between the ghost and the speaker was a settled one during summer, but in autumn, they had been separated. This technique is called 'pathetic fallacy'. The setting shows his feelings towards the ghost and the state of mind he is in. In both the poems, the characters are the same. There is a speaker and a ghost- whom the speaker is talking to, and about. ...read more.

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"But all's closed now, despite time's derision". The speaker believes that once they had a good relationship between them, once they had a bad relationship between them, and now they have no relationship between them. At this moment, the speaker feels very angry and helpless, due to his old age. The speaker feels that as he has grown old so has the relationship he had between himself and the ghost. Two themes bought up a great deal in both poems are memories and the weather. After a Journey and The Voice are two poems that look at memories of the past with loved ones, and the relationship in both poems has been described in terms of weather and climate. "And the unseen waters' ejaculations awe me". This specific quote from After a Journey suggests that there had been misfortune in the relationship between the ghost and speaker, because the quote itself means, the water is being smashed against the rocks. This symbolises the misfortune there might have been in the relationship. Both of the poems are monologues. Usually a monologue is piece of writing in which somebody has to come to terms with the fact that they are alone. There is a big difference between being alone and lonely. The ghost in Hardy's poem always reminds the speaker that he is alone and therefore lonely. ...read more.

Conclusion

But then sounds very depressed again. "Or is it only the breeze in its listlessness". Overall, in terms of mood I think it is After a Journey that ends on a more positive note, toward feeling happy. "Our days were a joy, and our paths through flowers". Compared with The Voice; "You being ever dissolved to wan wistlessness, heard no more again far or near." Both of these poems tell the reader about a particular ghost in the past, which was once loved and cared for. The ghosts in Hardy's poems are different from other ghosts, because they have not come to haunt anyone viciously or violently or for revenge. They have come back for reassurance, unfinished business and to sort out any problems. Ghosts who do not like the sight of anything are normally the ones who come to haunt, but in this case it is a ghost who has passionate feelings for a person, who has come to haunt their minds. At all time through the poems it has been the minds of the speakers controlling the actions taken forward against the ghost. The speakers in both poems have had their minds controlling their thoughts and actions taken towards the ghosts. At all times, there have been visible scenes of the ghost in places where it use to go when it was alive, developing in the minds of the speakers in both poems "I see what you are doing; you are leading me on the spots we knew, when we haunted here together". IRAM JANJUA 10S 1 ...read more.

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