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The Dead Man Walking Analysis

Author: poem of Thomas Hardy Type: poem Views: 22

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They hail me as one living,
But don't they know
That I have died of late years,
Untombed although?

I am but a shape that stands here,
A pulseless mould,
A pale past picture, screening
Ashes gone cold.

Not at a minute's warning,
Not in a loud hour,
For me ceased Time's enchantments
In hall and bower.

There was no tragic transit,
No catch of breath,
When silent seasons inched me
On to this death ...

-- A Troubadour-youth I rambled
With Life for lyre,
The beats of being raging
In me like fire.

But when I practised eyeing
The goal of men,
It iced me, and I perished
A little then.

When passed my friend, my kinsfolk,
Through the Last Door,
And left me standing bleakly,
I died yet more;

And when my Love's heart kindled
In hate of me,
Wherefore I knew not, died I
One more degree.

And if when I died fully
I cannot say,
And changed into the corpse-thing
I am to-day,

Yet is it that, though whiling
The time somehow
In walking, talking, smiling,
I live not now.


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This poem is about Thomas Hardy himself. He is expressing how he feels like a walking,breathing corpse. He says that as he trys over and over to conquer something and fells at it; it kills his spirit a little. Then as he his friends and family start to pass away it kills his spirit a little more. Lastly he expresses that when the one he loves doesn't love anymore it breaks his heart and kills him even more. In the end the poems says although he might not be truly dead he no longer feels alive

| Posted on 2010-01-14 | by a guest

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This is the story of my life.
When young, I was full of energy and hope and life.
Yet, when I fell into that relentless competition for dollars, it killed me a little bit.
When my friends and family started dying, I died a bit more.
When your love for me was gone, I died even more.
It's hard to say at what point I was really dead. But I am truly dead now, even though I may look alive to you.

| Posted on 2009-04-16 | by a guest

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