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Author: poem of Thomas Hardy Type: poem Views: 40

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Woman much missed, how you call to me, call to me,
Saying that now you are not as you were
When you had changed from the one who was all to me,
But as at first, when our day was fair.

Can it be you that I hear?  Let me view you, then,
Standing as when I drew near to the town
Where you would wait for me: yes, as I knew you then,
Even to the original air-blue gown!

Or is it only the breeze in its listlessness
Travelling across the wet mead to me here,
You being ever dissolved to wan wistlessness,
Heard no more again far or near?

   Thus I; faltering forward,
   Leaves around me falling,
Wind oozing thin through the thorn from norward,
   And the woman calling.

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Hardy is saddened at the death of his wife Emma. She was deranged before her death and grew worse with each passing year.The aim of the voice is to relive moments that cannot be regained- happy moments.
Hardy is trying to remember Emma the way she was before their marriage took such a complex twist.Maybe its his guilt talking or maybe it isn\'t.

| Posted on 2013-05-24 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2012-09-23 | by a guest


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your all wrong, for emma was actually SPIDER MAN!!! i know, i was surprised too at first, then i realized hardy\'s name spelt backwards is YDRAH!! i know!!! very shocking coincidence.

| Posted on 2012-02-20 | by a guest


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The first thing is that most of the disappointment in their marriage came from Emma suffering from genetic chronic depression. this poem, written between 1912 and 1913 is just hardy reminiscing and hoping for the return of Emma who died nov 27 1912.many of his poems have this distinct tone and diction style in relation to Emma esp A broken appointment, Neutral Tones and the phantom horsewoman. her voice is compared to the wind and seems as fleeting and hard to keep with him despite his attempts the memories and the separation eventually leads to his overbearing listlessness and lack of enthusiasm towards life. Thus \"faltering forward\"
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| Posted on 2012-02-13 | by a guest


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UR commenrs r gr8 guyzzz! i iz studying engalish literatare nd i tink tis qewl :p

| Posted on 2012-01-11 | by a guest


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Hello People. Before you comment, please learn your grammar. HA!

| Posted on 2011-07-08 | by a guest


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Right. Basically Hardy fell in luv with Emma and was head over heels for her..Emma and Hardy wanted to be a writer one day.. but the poor soul wasnt very good at it.!! after thier marriage, ( when people started noticing Hardy\'s work) Hardy was soo occupied with his work and poetry and novels that he didnt bother or \"have time\" to help Emma with her writing. He knew she wasnt much of a good writer but didnt want to hurt her...so he just sort of ignored her...then HE BECAME FAMOUS!!! he met lots of people, including this lady called Florence who wanted to be a writer as well..Hardy supported her writing and helped her as much as he could (INFRONT OF EMMA!!!)..Emma was a bit jelous, and apparently she felt isolated and betrayed and sad and lonely....When special high class people came to dine with the Hardy family, Emma always embarressed Hardy , acting a bit mental and unsually awkward...events like this split up thier relationship...nd Hardy pretty much spent his time going to dinner parties without emma nd writing peorty in his room (avoiding EMMA)...and Emma all sick of this, moved to the attic, taking all her possesions and clothes nd books and everything...The hardy\'s spent thier time ignoring each other like tht for a while..meanwhile Emma was getting very very very very ill but refused to inform Hardy that she was ill ( maybe could not admit being vulnerable) and one night she couldnt even talk or get out of her bed in the cold attic..the maid ran and called Hardy ( who was in his study, writng sum poem) and HARDY just assumed it was Emma\'s plain old exaggerrations or mental breakdowns...So anywaii that night Hardy after a looong time,went up to the attic to see his wife dead!! and just at tht moment, just when he saw her face, a sudden remorse and guilt rushed into him...and he fell in loev with her all over again...so HARDY basically just wants to see EMMA and begs her for mercy...:)...Just read the Claire Tomalin book- Thomas Hardy- The Time-Torn Man!!!! such a dull guy with an intresting life !!!

| Posted on 2011-05-22 | by a guest


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I thought this was about Hardy begging it of his wife because he is bored with Florence. Very, very bored.

| Posted on 2011-04-17 | by a guest


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I thought this was about Hardy begging it of his wife because he is bored with Florence. Very, very bored.

| Posted on 2011-04-17 | by a guest


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I think he feels guilty because he wrote this poem shortly after his wife had died. It was a known fact that their marrige was not a hppy one, and when she died Hardy was shocked. He wrote that he felt guilty because when she first got sick, he didn\'t really care that much. So that\'s the guilt part.
the poem is pretty sad when you read it\'s background, although not a criey type.

| Posted on 2011-03-10 | by a guest


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I believe that Thomas hardys main point in the poem \"the voice\" is nostalgic as @ line 4 he says when \'our day was fair\' thus bringing forth memories.he goes on to something about the \'air blue gown\' ,here it shows that he remembers even the pettiest thing ab out her. However I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHERE HIM FEELING GUILTY IS COMING FROM!!! could some1 please xplain =>

| Posted on 2011-02-22 | by a guest


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SHAWN
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wt di u thnk???
garry

| Posted on 2011-02-14 | by a guest


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SHAWN
ohtr points aprt...rowling aint just makin money....she had a story to tell....dr is a cmplt generation which has grwon wid harry and connected wid him....
wt di u thnk???
garry

| Posted on 2011-02-14 | by a guest


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This is one poem which has depth, judgement, and some amount of meaning in it. The desperation of this one man alone to be with his wife again is quite touching along with the fact that he still has a little bit of hope at the beginning. All in all this one peice of poetry worthy of praise and apreciation.

| Posted on 2011-01-26 | by a guest


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Imagining he can indeed hear her, Hardy implores Emma to appear to him, in the place and wearing the same clothes that he associates with their early courtship. Hardy introduces, in the third stanza, the mocking fear that all he hears is the wind and that Emma\'s death has marked the end of her existence - that she has been dissolved and will be heard no more.
The lively anapaestic metre of the first three stanzas gives way, in the final stanza, to a less fluent rhythm, capturing the desolate mood of Hardy as he falters forward, while the leaves fall and the north wind blows, as Emma (if it is she) continues to call.
The poem begins optimistically with a hope that Emma is really addressing Hardy. But by the end, a belief or fear that the voice is imaginary has replaced this hope. Though the vigorous anapaestic metre of the poem helps convey this initial hope, it proves unwieldy for Hardy, as is evident in the clumsy third stanza, where listlessness rhymes with Hardy\'s unfortunate coinage (invented word) existlessness, and we find the gauche and repetitious phrase no more again in the stanza\'s final line.
Turning back to the days when Emma\'s youth and beauty captivated him, Hardy wonders why, in later years, the joys of their courtship were neither remembered nor revived. He imagines how they might have rekindled their love by revisiting the places where they met while courting.
Finally Hardy concedes that what has happened cannot be changed and that he is as good as dead, waiting for the end ( to sink down soon ) and, in conclusion, informs Emma that she could not know how so sudden and unexpected a passing as hers could distress him as much as it has.
The metre of the poem is surprisingly lively, though the rhythm breaks down in the disjointed syntax and brief sentences of the final stanza. The brief rhyming couplet in the penultimate two lines of each stanza exaggerate this jauntiness, which seems rather inappropriate to the subject of the piece.
Though the reader sympathises with Hardy\'s evident grief, it is difficult not to be a little impatient with his tendency to wallow in self-pity. He reproaches Emma for leaving him, and thinks despairingly of his and her failure to rekindle, in later years, their youthful affection. Yet we feel that this is a tragedy largely of his own making. He has, after all, had some forty years in which to seek/That time\'s renewal. The fact that he expresses regret at his failure to do so only when the possibility has been removed by Emma\'s death casts doubt upon the sincerity of his grief.

| Posted on 2011-01-15 | by a guest


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Anonymus - Detailed overview
The Voice is one of the extra ordinary group of poems written between 1912 and 1913.
Thomas Hardy wrote this poem after the death of his wife Emma, to alliveate the pain, guilt and depression and to reveal his feeling of loss and emptiness.
The poem has an optimistic opening in which Hardy hears Emma\'s voice, and there is hope. The rhythm in the first stanza is also steady and ongoing which adds to the hope.
In the second stanza, Hughes is desperate to be with his wife again. He is eager to be with her as he used to in their firts few years of love. His desperation is obivous, as he clearly remembers the exact shade of her gown. The beat here is also continuous, showing that he is full content when he is with her or when he thinks she is around.
In the third stanza, Hughes realises that she is gone and with her death, her existance ended. He uses the words \'dissolve\' and \'no more\' which show that she is leaving him and his hope now turns into fear. The siblance slows things down in this stanza as he realises that she isn\'t there anymore. Also, the siblance brings a haunting effect to the poem as now Emma will always be in his memory and the fact that Hughes did not take care of her before her death when she was ill will remain with him forever.
His use of the question mark (?) show that he is confused and he doubts his sanity due to the guilt of neglecting her.
In the last stanza, he says that he is struggling to move forward and he feels like the world has come to an end but the leaves are falling off trees, proving him worng. He knows now that he will have to move on, but is not yet ready. The use of alliteration with the \'th\' sound slow down the rhythm and show his struggle.
The last line, \"And the woman calling\" brings us back to the beggining and to the same conclusion, that he can hear her. This shows the cycle of life, that we will always end up where we begin. Sometimes we are happy and at otehr tiems we will go thorugh hardships, but they won\'t last forever, we will eventually move on. He hears her voice again, after the doubt showing that he knows he has to move on, but is not ready just yet.

| Posted on 2010-12-29 | by a guest


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wtv i find the vioce so boring i dont care shit for i

| Posted on 2010-11-24 | by a guest


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Lets just say... there are some questionable interpretations here.
For starters, many people seem to have the idea that the poet/narrator/Thomas Hardy is grieving because his lover (the voice/woman much missed/Emma Lavinia Gifford) has changed in the sense that shes gotten old (and someone said something about fat???) and less attractive than when he first met her. Although this would appear to be a logical interpretation, it is most likely incorrect. \"The Voice\" is essentially an elegy in memory of Thomas Hardy\'s first wife, Emma. If any of you spared even one minute browsing the wikipedia page on Hardy you would know that although the two were very much in love at first, their marriage was eventually unsuccessful and they became estranged from each other until Emma\'s death. This is most likely (in my opinion) because Hardy was from a social class thats inferior to Emma\'s and therefore cannot provide her standards of living that are similar to what she had before she was married (a novelist at that time barely survives... only in our crazy era can you find people making money off novels like J.K, Rowling.) This, amongst other factors (many things can lead to failures in marriage, even staying married is a obstacle to marriage), eventually turned the two against each other. THUS, it is evident that whatever the cause, what Hardy is referring to in this poem is not anything close to telling his wive to get liposuction and plastic surgery in Korea, but to return from the spiteful, unsatisfied woman after marriage into the loving, tender woman he knew and loved before they married.
Phew, I hope that cleared a bit of the poem up...
Please, please understand that although literary works are supposedly \"subjective\" and \"open to interpretations\", it does not mean that you can say everything. Interpretations are only interpretations when they are justified with reason and evidence.
Thanks.
Shawn, IB student

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Amazing posts,
But I was wondering about, the mood of the poem, with examples, and does the mood change?

| Posted on 2010-09-24 | by a guest


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the first stanza is particulary haunting, especially when he echoes \"call to me, call to me\".

| Posted on 2010-09-20 | by a guest


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According to me, the last stanza is quiet filmy when all the leaves are falling, it makes me imagine that Hardy is standing in a jungle and is surrounded by a lot of brown trees that have amazing golden-yellow leaves which are falling on the ground and all of the ground is yellow. This makes me think that Hardy\'s life is coming to an end and Emma is calling him and there is a slow repetition like how it happens in movies!!!
All the comments were of no use to me apart from the person who wrote about the sentence which is formed by taking the lines from the starting of the stanza. Just love that guy.

| Posted on 2010-08-20 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2010-07-08 | by a guest


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If you observe the first line of every stanza u will see that they
make a sentence : ("Woman much missed)( how you call to me)( or is it only the breeze? )(Thus I faltering forward")

| Posted on 2010-06-16 | by a guest


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Ahh.... the wonders of interpretation: no clear right or wrong and subsequently squablling ensues.
Although be thankful as it promotes the exchange of ideas (although that's not always a good thing - echoes of Mein Kampf spring to mind)
... just a sort of observation, there it is.

| Posted on 2010-06-08 | by a guest


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Hi guys i really need the literary terms which is included in this poem so can anyone please post it?
Thank You
-UnbornGirl

| Posted on 2010-05-11 | by a guest




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