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The Roman Road Analysis



Author: Poetry of Thomas Hardy Type: Poetry Views: 156

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Time's Laughingstocks1909The Roman Road runs straight and bareAs the pale parting-line in hairAcross the heath. And thoughtful menContrast its days of Now and Then,And delve, and measure, and compare;Visioning on the vacant airHelmeted legionnaires, who proudly rearThe Eagle, as they pace againThe Roman Road.But no tall brass-helmeted legionnaireHaunts it for me. Uprises thereA mother's form upon my ken,Guiding my infant steps, as whenWe walked that ancient thoroughfare,The Roman Road.





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speaks of road made by Romans (how they are referred to as straight )
- themes : place : important for Hardy, memories of places and the feeling you get when you return to a place, power and organisation, past
- 2nd stanza more personal : his own experiences as an infant his steps, and memory of his mum
- AABBAACDE marching on of time
- “ thoughtful men “ people who look back on the Romans, “legionnaires” golden
eagle on spread wings, repetition of Roman Road, how long it’s been,
- alliteration : Roman Road Runs : sounds long as if goes on forever
- simile : “as the pale parting line in hair” -
- “But no tall brassed legionnaire haunts it for me” - not what he sees : he sees his
mum.
- basis of Hardy\'s poem, a reflection on the Road, and the way it bridges the past and
present - except that he refers to a far more personal and immediate past, and in doing
so, raises the road to the same level of immediacy. The two images overlap - the Road
of the ancient Romans, that survives even now and recalls a bygone civilisation, and
the road of the poet\'s youth, recalling a bygone past.

| Posted on 2012-04-19 | by a guest


.: :.

speaks of road made by Romans (how they are referred to as straight )
- themes : place : important for Hardy, memories of places and the feeling you get when you return to a place, power and organisation, past
- 2nd stanza more personal : his own experiences as an infant his steps, and memory of his mum
- AABBAACDE marching on of time
- “ thoughtful men “ people who look back on the Romans, “legionnaires” golden
eagle on spread wings, repetition of Roman Road, how long it’s been,
- alliteration : Roman Road Runs : sounds long as if goes on forever
- simile : “as the pale parting line in hair” -
- “But no tall brassed legionnaire haunts it for me” - not what he sees : he sees his
mum.
- basis of Hardy\'s poem, a reflection on the Road, and the way it bridges the past and
present - except that he refers to a far more personal and immediate past, and in doing
so, raises the road to the same level of immediacy. The two images overlap - the Road
of the ancient Romans, that survives even now and recalls a bygone civilisation, and
the road of the poet\'s youth, recalling a bygone past.

| Posted on 2012-04-19 | by a guest




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