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

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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.

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