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Loss is the driving force of Hardys poetic creativity.

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Loss is the driving force of Hardys poetic creativity. Loss in Hardys poems are portrayed in many ways Hardys poetry is constantly wistful and elegiac in tone, and despite some hints of humour the poems remain focused on the disappointments of mans search for love and how he looses it. His love poems are fatalistic; they deal with love falling apart over time 'At Castle Boterel over a short period of time this 'change is the transitory nature of love. The change, which he writes about, comes in different forms, change of peoples feelings for each other, love ending due to death or peoples visions for their future together. In any case, although love changes everything in nature stays the same. Loves power for good does not really exist in Hardy's poetry, it may feel good at the time however, when it ends it makes people feel nostalgic and sad and perhaps they think about their relationships. Most of the love poems that Hardy wrote were based on his own experiences, which is the main reason why his poems are about love faltering over time as well as the basic losses, which follow. ...read more.

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This poem gives the feeling of being haunted by love from the past. 'The Voice' symbolises the feelings of regret and wistfulness, which Hardy feels for his wife. As in 'At Castle Boterel' Hardy points out clearly the thinness of love "you had changed" here referring to Emma who changed during their relationship. However it does not look like it was Emma who physically changed, merely Hardys feelings changing for her "changed from the one who was all to me". He is saying that she no longer meant anything to him, however this is due to the change of the conception of the love in the relationship in Hardys mind. Also in 'The Voice', another link to 'At Castle Boterel' is at the end of the poems the character is near to death and enervated because of love, Hardy goes "faltering forward" in the final stanza of 'The Voice'. Also the break down of rhythm here conveys the feeling of Hardys despairing state as he realises how fickle love is and how it is so easily transformed by time. In 'After a Journey' Hardy has a "voiceless ghost" haunting him, probably Emma again, this is a link into 'At Castle Boterel' and 'The Voice' as Hardy is haunted in both by a ghostly form or sound. ...read more.

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Hardy felt heavily guilty and pangs of remorse, but the result was some of his best poetry, expressing his feelings for his wife of 38 years. Therefore in a sense the loss helped him reach his poetic potential. Eventually in 1914 Hardy remarried, to Florence Dugdale, his secretary since 1912. Thomas Hardy died on January 11, 1928 at his house of Max Gate in Dorchester. He had expressed the wish to be buried beside Emma, but his wishes were only partly regarded; his body was interred in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, and only his heart was buried in Emma's grave at Stinsford. This loss helped him with his poetry but I do not think it is related to his poetic creativity. Creativity to me is making something out of nothing not using your experiences and life stories in a poem. In a short overview of my views on Hardy using loss as the driving force behind his creativity I would agree but not use those exact words. It seems to me that Hardys losses gave him the resolve and really a topic that he had experience in. He could then talk of this subject not just because he was a poet but because he knew what it was like to loose someone dear to him. Josh Harris ...read more.

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