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Discuss a selection of poems by Thomas Hardy, and explain how they relate to his life and times. In this essay I am going to be comparing poems by Thomas Hardy and writing about the rhythm, language, structure and rhyming scheme. I will also be commenting on Hardy's life and past times, and explaining how they relate to his poetry. "Plena Timoris" was the first poem by Hardy that we studied. "Plena Timoris" is a Latin name which means 'Great fear'. The poem is about love and romance, and at the end gives a clear message that is, You can't trust love, it never lasts. From the first line of the poem, "The lovers looked over the parapet stone:" you can tell that 'The lovers' are going to be the main characters, and you can guess that something is going to happen to them. This quote also suggests that "The lovers" could be married. The first verse is happy and is about love and the couple laughing together and enjoying themselves, then the mood changes and the couple slowly drift apart. This can also be shown in the life of Thomas Hardy, and how he and his wife drifted apart. Here are a few quotes from verse one of the poem, which suggest happiness and love. "Lovers", "The moon", "His arm around her", "twinkled" and "laughed and leant". ...read more.


"The Convergence of the Twain" is a poem about the Titanic before and after it sank. The title of the poem means the coming together of the two things. In this case the coming together of the Titanic and the iceberg. The structure of the poem is the same all the way through, and by this I mean it has the same amount of lines and rhyming scheme in each stanza. The effect of this gives the poem more rhythm and consistency. The poem has 11 stanzas and is separated into two sections. One sections being the 5 lines, the other section being the last six stanzas. The poem is separated into two sections because the first sections describe the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean, and the second stanza describes the Titanic before it sank. In the first stanza it describes how the people were over confident about the Titanic and how the ship was unsinkable. They quote "Deep from human vanity" and "and the pride of life". They're describing the ship as beautiful and how it is unsinkable. But then in the same stanza it quotes "stilly couches she", and this describes the Titanic lying at the bottom of the ocean, like a lying coach. The second stanza goes on about the engines. It quotes "steel chambers, late the pyres". This quote describes how the engines used to be full of fire and alive, but now they lay dead and full of water at the bottom of the ocean. ...read more.


At the end of the poem she ends up being jealous of herself and tears up the photograph. This poem gives the effect of jealousy and remorse, and wants you to feel sorry for the wife. This poem relates a lot back to Hardy's past life as during his 1st marriage he was having an affair with his 2nd wife. Through all the poems we read and studied I would have to say that my favourite was "At Tea", because the woman was showing her husband off and being boastful to the other guests yet she didn't know that she had been chosen second. I liked the idea of how Hardy throws her a "stray glance" because he still has slight feelings for her, as it gives the poem a twist. The poem I disliked the most was "At Castle Boterel", because I found it boring and it drowned on for too long. Even though I didn't like it I thought it was clever how Hardy put flashbacks from his life into the poem and how he uses rhetorical questions. Other things I like about Hardy's poems in general is that they all show a story to themselves and all give a clear message at the end. From reading and studying some of Hardy's poems I have learnt that there is two sides to every story and that every story has a meaning, or sometimes a twist. ...read more.

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