Discuss the following poem (A Thunderstorm in Town by Thomas Hardy) in detail, considering its presentation of unrequited love.

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        A Thunderstorm in Town is a reminiscence of a time Hardy spent with a woman to whom he had became drawn, Florence Henniker.  His affection towards her is shown in several ways, including his noting of the ‘terra-cotta’ detail of her dress (which shows how he was mesmerized, and ‘terra-cotta’, having a connotation of nature, implies that his love for her was natural - and fresh, implied by the adjective ‘new’ - perhaps unlike that which he had for his wife Emma), and the line ‘We sat on, snug and warm’, showing his attachment, as he regards this moment as one of intimacy.  This affection also affects the passage of time in the poem; as they sat ‘motionless’, it feels as if time has stopped, the ‘pelting storm’ and rain (which establishes a sense of melancholy) stops in their presence, showing the power his affection held over him.  Furthermore, the ‘ABAAB’ rhyme scheme of this stanza symbolizes his heart skipping a beat, as is often said of one who is in love.

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        However, this mood of affection is in stark contrast to the sudden shift in the second stanza, where the storm stops to his ‘sharp sad pain’, and his comfort and warmth of the previous stanza vanish with the storm.  Examining the structure of this line (‘Then the downpour ceased, to my sharp sad pain’) closely, it can be seen that there was a brief pause (comma) after the storm ended, followed by a sudden thrust of pain.  The ‘ABBAB’ rhyme scheme of this stanza creates rhythmic symmetry about this line and the last line of the first stanza, further reinforcing ...

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