• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Write With Reference To Two Poems How Hardy Presents His Deep Sense Of Loss.

Extracts from this document...


Write With Reference To Two Poems How Hardy Presents His Deep Sense Of Loss In both poems The Haunter and The Phantom Horsewoman, I feel that Hardy shows a sense of regret as well as loss. I think that this is true because of the way in which he describes in both of the poems his wife as a ghost. The ghost is important because he cannot contact it, and it cannot contact back. She says in The Haunter: 'When I could answer he did not say them: when I could let him know how I would like to join in his journeys seldom he wishes to go'. ...read more.


In each poem he writes his wife is very near to him, yet he doesn't know this. I think that he is almost trying to make her be near him, again in his poems because he misses her so greatly. This is shown by the nature of both poems, because of the way in which she silently watches over him, and will never be able to communicate to him again, not in words, or actions. Yet in his poems, she does almost communicate with him, by sending feelings, and through his dreams. In dreams, someone does not have to be alive, it is as though she is there with him in his dreams, as that is the only place he will ever see her again. ...read more.


This is bringing back memories from the past to him, places that he wants to go again with his wife; this again is another regret of his. This piece is from The Phantom Horsewoman: 'He comes and stands In a careworn craze, And looks at the sands And the seaward haze With moveless hands And face and gaze, Then turns to go...' This poem describes him visiting a point by the sea that he and his wife used to go when she was still alive. He goes there and just stands, he does not cry, he just stands, emotionless and motionless and just stands. This is almost remembering the past, and his wife is there with him. This is such a deep loss that he almost hasn't come to terms with it yet. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Geoffrey Chaucer section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Geoffrey Chaucer essays

  1. Compare 'The Homecoming' and 'The Workbox' by Thomas Hardy.

    he says, 'see, here's the workbox,' as if he thought she might not believe him he was clever enough to make it. In 'the Homecoming,' the wife's description of her husband's house shows how she is maybe used to a finer life than his, which I don't think affects the

  2. "A profoundly poignant evocation of love and loss" to what extent do you agree ...

    Unlike the warm and comforting memories of Dunn in poems such as 'France', Hardy's poetry reflect the intense guilt that consumed him during their writing and consequently he is now a man "faltering forward", haunted by the memory of his wife.

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

    These all emphasize natural beauty. He hasn't forgot what his wife was like, and remember near to enough every detail about her, this imagery describes to us some thing about her which he liked, and has taken careful attention to remember.

  2. With reference to at least two pre-twentieth century stories, describe the portrayal of women.

    Without a man, women are in trouble. They will have no money to buy food and clothes for themselves and their children. In this story the woman had to marry a man she does not love just to be able to stay alive.

  1. Outline with reference to the culture of both stories, how the theme of loss ...

    So that is the reason when dying she is dying she does not make an attempt to save her self, she says, "I won't live to see tomorrow and nor do I want to" This shows her unwillingness to live because she thinks there's no reason for her because she has no one that cares for her any more.

  2. Discuss the sense of isolation and helplessness in ‘The Devils Carousel’ and ‘The Restraint ...

    The nameless narrator is an ideal example of this isolation through hierarchy - we merely know that he is English and the foreman, his name is never mentioned despite even Ralph the dog having recognition. Furthermore he can never enter the relationship of Tam and Richie as he implies in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work