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Discussing my overall view of Thomas Hardy's poetry about him being pessimistic.

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English GCSE Coursework This essay will be in direct relation to the topic of Hardy's Poetry. During this essay I will be discussing my overall view of Thomas Hardy's poetry about him being pessimistic, after reading through three of his poems I have come to the conclusion that Thomas Hardy has a slightly pessimistic View, which is reflected within the words that he has chosen to express within his poetry. The three poems, which the essay is in relation to, are as follows: * During Wind And Rain * The Going * The Darkening Thrush In my opinion I believe that Hardy is very negative about nature, love and life, it is because from what we know about Hardy having a negative impact in life, we assume that this may have influenced him becoming pessimistic. During Wind And Rain In this poem Hardy particularly focuses on creating images, which are pessimistic. Although, in doing so he creates a balance between pessimism and optimism. So Hardy's poems are not all pessimistic, they are not always morbid and dark, they do shed a form of light through them. ...read more.

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When Hardy expresses that the leaves are reeling down in throngs, it tell us that he see the leaves (love, life, family) falling unconditionally and that he may see that it is incontrollable to stop it from falling. The Going Hardy depict images to a reader by expression how he sees nature. He manipulates the reader in many ways, he does this by using words that have a powerful effect or meaning in it. In stanza 2 Hardy writes 'morning harden upon a wall'. In my opinion I see this as him being sad, and that he is extremely miserable that having morning is affecting him. This is because the word morning is the first thing of the day, it is when the sunrises, for the morning to harden up on a wall show that he may see morning as stiffening up. This however has a negative and positive view to it. For morning to stiffen up may show that it is a solid start to the begging of the day, but this can also be vise versa. ...read more.

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For winter to be desolated, alone, bare, abandon, or to be deserted. The reader depicts an image of winter that is pure to be alone. Hardy may see that it should be that way shows the reader that Hardy is being pessimistic to nature. Further more in stanza 2 Hardy uses he words' Crypt, Cloudy, Canopy' these words are related to death. the word crypt is in relation to other words such as tombs, grave, death, cell. This can mean that Hardy is thriving at the thought of death, and how he sees it. he places the word cloud canopy together, a full cover of cloud. This is a typical omen of when death is near. it gives the reader a image of a scene. For the sky to be fully covered, it may refer to him that he may be inanimate and lifelessness. Overall this gives the reader without a doubt of pessimism. From all the point and evidence I have covered, I have come to a reasonable conclusion that Hardy as a human is very pessimistic about life in particularly and nature and love. Hardy always gives the reader a feeling of doubt, and is and can be optimistic, but this optimism is generally over run with him being pessimistic. ...read more.

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This essay is carried out at too superficial a level; the response begins to look at language and concepts but not in enough detail. When looking at three texts you should try and link them to each other and to the title.

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