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The Going Analysis



Author: poem of Thomas Hardy Type: poem Views: 28


Why did you give no hint that night
That quickly after the morrow's dawn,
And calmly, as if indifferent quite,
You would close your term here, up and be gone
     Where I could not follow
     With wing of swallow
To gain one glimpse of you ever anon!

     Never to bid good-bye
     Or lip me the softest call,
Or utter a wish for a word, while I
Saw morning harden upon the wall,
     Unmoved, unknowing
     That your great going
Had place that moment, and altered all.

Why do you make me leave the house
And think for a breath it is you I see
At the end of the alley of bending boughs
Where so often at dusk you used to be;
     Till in darkening dankness
     The yawning blankness
Of the perspective sickens me!

     You were she who abode
     By those red-veined rocks far West,
You were the swan-necked one who rode
Along the beetling Beeny Crest,
     And, reining nigh me,
     Would muse and eye me,
While Life unrolled us its very best.

Why, then, latterly did we not speak,
Did we not think of those days long dead,
And ere your vanishing strive to seek
That time's renewal?  We might have said,
     "In this bright spring weather
     We'll visit together
Those places that once we visited."

     Well, well!  All's past amend,
     Unchangeable.  It must go.
I seem but a dead man held on end
To sink down soon. . . .  O you could not know
     That such swift fleeing
     No soul foreseeing--
Not even I--would undo me so!

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i like this poem coz it is about his wife and he hasnt spoke to her for a while xxx

| Posted on 2014-02-05 | by a guest


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poetry is for fat/jamesblunt listening/driving ford !!!.

| Posted on 2012-11-18 | by a guest


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poetry is for fat/jamesblunt listening/driving ford !!!.

| Posted on 2012-11-18 | by a guest


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Thomas Hardy, through his moving portrayal of his thoughts and feelings after his wife\'s death, conveys to us much sadness, guilt and regret. To achieve this, he uses affecting words, shows us of his troubles and worries and expresses his thoughts and memories. He tells us of his terrible loss and his great sadness with such vividness that he conveys his feelings clearly gains much understanding from the readers.

| Posted on 2012-07-03 | by a guest


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The title of the poem is a euphemism as is it when he says \'you would close your term here\'. He uses these as this poem was part of his Veteris Vestigia Flammae collection which saw him trying to come to terms with Emma\'s death. ~

| Posted on 2012-05-17 | by a guest


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Heartily THANKS for this summary. Will apply it for the best.... Thank you :)
Tazel--
Xxx

| Posted on 2012-03-20 | by a guest


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In 'The Going' Hardy is reflecting on Emma's death, his wife. It is written in a fast pace and portrays strong emotions and rhythm. In the first stanza, the first word is "why". This suggests a sudden urgencey and blame. He is accusing himself of her death and for their struggled relationship. "And calmly" implys that he believes Emma was happy to leave and escape his selfishness and neglect.
In the second stanza he is also conveying his selfishness in grieving, it is only about him as if he was her priority when "going". In the stanza he is trying to tell Emma about his greif and emptyness.
In the third stanza Hardy says "you" conveying that she was alone. This suggests that he neglected her when she was living. This is more regret. It is also a changing point in the poem as he is now focusing on her instead of his own selfishness. "darkening dankness...yawning blankness" is negetive as he has now realised that he was never there for Emma. No punctuation suggests this emptyness.
In the fouth stanza he is viewing the beginning of their relationship and uses positive language. "us" suggests this and that they were close and very much together.
In the 5th stanza he has altered back to negative language again reflecting on the "latter" point of their relationship. "days long dead" is where he is questioning the end of their relationship and why it changed for the worse. He is back to a resentful, blaming tone. It is the first reference he uses to death but instead of describing Emma he is talking about their relationship. This portrays that he believes their relationship died well before she did.
In the final stanza the rhythm has broken down, representing how their relationship and he has. The disjointed end shows he is emotionally struggling.
C x

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




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