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At An Inn Analysis



Author: Poetry of Thomas Hardy Type: Poetry Views: 250

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WHEN we as strangers sought
Their catering care,
Veiled smiles bespoke their thought
Of what we were.
They warmed as they opined
Us more than friends--
That we had all resigned
For love's dear ends.

And that swift sympathy
With living love
Which quicks the world--maybe
The spheres above,
Made them our ministers,
Moved them to say,
"Ah, God, that bliss like theirs
Would flush our day!"

And we were left alone
As Love's own pair;
Yet never the love-light shone
Between us there!
But that which chilled the breath
Of afternoon,
And palsied unto death
The pane-fly's tune.

The kiss their zeal foretold,
And now deemed come,
Came not: within his hold
Love lingered numb.
Why cast he on our port
A bloom not ours?
Why shaped us for his sport
In after-hours?

As we seemed we were not
That day afar,
And now we seem not what
We aching are.
O severing sea and land,
O laws of men,
Ere death, once let us stand
As we stood then!

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sarrrr dud we got this littt poem yeh, oh ma dayzzz dis is some geniussss shiddle

| Posted on 2017-03-24 | by a guest


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This poem has got some mad riddim fam, rt this bangs bigtime

| Posted on 2017-03-17 | by a guest


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can someone please translate the poem into modern English please. Thanks

| Posted on 2017-01-30 | by a guest


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Who the heck is Florence Henniker, I've been writing Florence Dugdale!!! Thanks Guys.

| Posted on 2016-05-19 | by a guest


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The use of caesura creates physical and emotional separation between the pair. :)

| Posted on 2016-05-19 | by a guest


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bangin. thought movie stars were dum but this one can write to, ygm

| Posted on 2016-05-19 | by a guest


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bangin. thought movie stars were dum but this one can write to, ygm

| Posted on 2016-05-19 | by a guest


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bangin poem bruvv. can c he sad bout dat ass, u no.

| Posted on 2016-05-11 | by a guest


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fam this is probably one of the mostest lit poems in the game atm. Still beats all the new poems like "hotline bling" or "i took a pill in ibiza"
Masterpeece

| Posted on 2016-05-10 | by a guest


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Modern terms: One night stand.
Hardy uses this modern interpretation to show how he has fallen out of love and has realised far to late.

| Posted on 2016-04-21 | by a guest


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Hi my name is Nakita Collins and I loved this poem very much, it signifies the lovee I felt for my new fiancce Johnny o Neil who is a dj I met in the strand foyer. the foyer represents the inn and unlike in the poem, our lve blossomed there.

| Posted on 2016-04-18 | by a guest


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ah cannae aunderstand thes poem
ah dinnae ken what ets' out

| Posted on 2016-03-24 | by a guest


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at first glance this poem may seem like a story of love however when you delve deeper into each word you see that these two strangers have never met before and are most certainly not in love as seen in the third stanza as they are "left alone", this shows that the first and second stanza have a sense of irony as the inn keepers believe the narrator and stranger to be bonking even though they have never met. Thank you for reading have a good night my children love from your uncle

| Posted on 2016-03-01 | by a guest


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at first glance this poem may seem like a story of love however when you delve deeper into each word you see that these two strangers have never met before and are most certainly not in love as seen in the third stanza as they are "left alone", this shows that the first and second stanza have a sense of irony as the inn keepers believe the narrator and stranger to be bonking even though they have never met. Thank you for reading have a good night my children love from your uncle

| Posted on 2016-03-01 | by a guest


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I rekonn is abawt luvv
not shoor vow
mite not be.
thoughts?

| Posted on 2016-01-29 | by a guest


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This is a poem using an involved narrator as the narrator states \"we were left alone\". Furthermore,the poem is a narrative form about two people \"At an Inn\" for \"catering\". The workers \"smile\" and saw them \" more than freinds-\": however, the hyphen sturctually creates a sense of divide, suggesting they are not.
The narrative voice in stanzas one and two suggest the realationship if forfilled with joy and happiness due to the use of positive lexis. The \"spehers above\" connates fate created the love. This is furtethered by the semantic field of religious connatations as \"GOd\" Ministers\" and \"spheres\" are all referered too- suggesting love is unreal and heavingly. However the narraotor doe snot make it clear it clear is it there relationship or love inn genreal that is been refered to- creating a narrative gap.
The structual use of the voture \"Yet never the love-light shone\" creates a negative transition. The \"chilled breath\" contrasts \"loves dear end\" suggesting the atmosphere is painfully chilling and silent as there is no songs of love just a merly \"pane-fly\'s tune\".
Furthermore another narrative gap is created as the reader is not told why the \'lovers\' were \"deemed\". The structual change is furthered as the casura \"Came not:\" suggests love stops devolping form here on as the retorical queation\" A bloom not ours?\" sugegsts their relaitionship will not rebirth like a flower or spring.
Time is intesified as the \" that day afar\" \"And now\" highlights the importance of time at this specific moment;it suggests the importance of distance between then and now, suggesting regret when looking back into the past as \"O\" syggest desperation. Another interpreatain of the invocation of \"O\" is teh it envokes nature. It creates a narrative gap: Is it the geogrphcal barriers that seperate them? Or is\" men\" preventing happiness of unity of two people- suggesting social lawa has kept the lovers apart leaving the souls\" aching\". However \" aching could aslo link with time suggesting they are now physically old and as time grew by the relationship came to a \"death\". There is not ceratinty to the relationship and the narrative gaos created leaves many questions for the reader.
The alternative rhyme scheme gives a sense of completion, which contrasts teh language used sugegsting the relationship never met its potential.

| Posted on 2012-04-22 | by a guest


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How can the poem recognise the death of Emma, when it was wrote in 1898 and she died in 1912?

| Posted on 2011-12-29 | by a guest


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this poem focuses on hardys main theme the failure of love. he as the narrator feels that this love is going somewhere, expressed through the workers of the inn, \"their zeal foretold\", but the love wasnt there \"love lingered numb\". there are two parts to the poem, before the realisation of lack of love then after. the apostrophising at the end \"o\" gives it a desperate tone

| Posted on 2011-04-26 | by a guest


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as another note Hardy met Florence henniker in 1893 and they maintained correspondance by letter. Emma, Hardy\'s wife knew of this correspondance. Florence being a devout christian woman made it clear that she and Hardy could never be anything more than just friends.

| Posted on 2011-04-11 | by a guest


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As a cautionary note, this poem was published in 1898, 7 years before Hardy met Florence.
Therefore the poem appears to contrast the cold state of a current relationship, and the assumptions of onlookers about it, with its warm state of long ago.

| Posted on 2011-01-03 | by a guest


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most boringest poem i have ever read in my entire life.

| Posted on 2010-06-07 | by a guest


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I thought that the first two stanzas were what onlookers thought of Hardy and his wife emma together, the 'pane-flys tune', viewing the facade they created that makes them appear happy.
Stanza 3 could represemt a shift where the couple are alone, the reality of their love is revealed. The negative transition of 'Yet' demonstrates this change and Hardy's pessimism. The question/answer format of the poem is a common motif of Hardy's, he is contemplating the events. He regrets that he did not try harder to rekindle his romance with emma after her deah and wished to be what others saw them to be.

| Posted on 2010-06-01 | by a guest


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The poem 'At an Inn' reflects Hardy's regret and resent. In the first Stanza Hardy is remembering his relationship with his mistress, Floerence. He uses positive vocabulary x which suggests that there relationship was full of joy and happiness. He believes that the people at the Inn are jealous "Ah, God,that bliss like theirs Would flush our day!" As the peoples voice is from his point of view he uses a religious reference portraying that their love is unseamingly heavenly.
"With living love Which quicks the world" conveys that Hardy views love as the most important perfection in the world and it makes the world turn, for him. Another biblical reference is "Loves own pair" which personifies their love. He is perhaps linking this to 'cupid'.
In stanza three there is a sudden alteration in his positive language. He uses words like "chilled...death...fly's tune". This could be the sudden unexpected death of his wife. The sudden change suggests that he was truly in love with Emma (his wife) rather than Florence. The caesura "came not: within his hold" conveys that love didnt develop beyond this point, also proving that he loved Emma rather than Florence. His world has stopped turning, along with his sence of ease.
He is now blaming 'god' rather than thanking him "why shaped us for his sport". This links to destiny and fate which is simular to his other poems. The resentful tone suggests that he is in regret for his betrayal.

| Posted on 2010-05-28 | by a guest


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This poem is about HArdy's relationship with Florence and how he wanted to get away from her for a while, although he was still married Emma Giffford. The people at the inn thought that the two were sweetly in love not knowing he had a wife at home. Their relationship wasn't sexual as Florence's religion didn't allow it. The rhyme scheme is A,B,A,B,C,D,C,D. And this is regular in every stanza. There is lots of natural references as with every Hardy poem. The beginning of the poem is in a playful mood whereas the ending goes rather bitter and regretful as if Hardy is thinking of how he is betraying his wife. He is longing Florene and questioning fate saying "A bloom not ours".. maybe talking about their love.

| Posted on 2009-11-30 | by a guest


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the pace of the poem is created by the use of enjambement and allitteration.

| Posted on 2009-10-11 | by a guest




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