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The Self-Unseeing Analysis

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

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Here is the ancient floor,

Footworn and hollowed and thin,

Here was the former door

Where the dead feet walked in.

She sat here in her chair,

Smiling into the fire;

He who played stood there,

Bowing it higher and higher.

Childlike, I danced in a dream;

Blessings emblazoned that day;

Everything glowed with a gleam;

Yet we were looking away!


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This poem is a reminicense of Thomas Hardy\'s childhood, whom he spent with his mother and father that have now passed away. It is written in three quatrains with an ABAB rhyme scheme, (you could also say that it\'s style is dactyl trimetre but i\'m not so sure).
In the first stanza Hardy looks around him in a grieving way. He talks of the room ; the adjective \'ancient\' makes it seems like it was so very long ago and \'footworn\', \'hollowed\' and \'thin\' gives us a feeling of age and weariness. The repetition \'and\' has a solemn effect on the stanza.

\'Where the dead feet walked\'
Here, Hardy is speaking of his parents. It is this line that really makes the poem eerie.
Hardy begins to recollect memories in stanza two. He remembers his mother sitting by the fire and his father playing the violin - \'bowing it higher and higher\'. Take note that Hardy\'s father did actually play the violin, he talks about it in his poem A Church Romance, which is also about his parents. Anyway, these seem like sweet memories that any person would find joy in remembering, which is why I think he uses \'She\' and \'He\', it gives the poem a less personal and more universal undertake.
In the last stanza, Hardy talks about him being a child and how \'Childlike\' he danced in a dream. He tends to make the last stanza sound dreamy as well, using bright words such as \'emblazoned\', \'glowed\', and \'gleam\'. It\'s as if he\'s trying to imply it was unbelievable which is perhaps why he uses the word \'blessings\'.
As is a common factor of Hardy\'s work, the last line is the most powerful;

\"Yet we were looking away!\"
So filled with irony and disappointment! This is what gives the title of the poem it\'s meaning. The remorse that through all those beautiful memories he had been looking away and had never really appreciated what was right in front of him! He had never taken the time to see himself and how lucky he was.

I think that everyone can relate to this poem. That is what makes it so touching. It goes well with the saying, \" You never know you had it till it\'s lost\".
I hope that this has helped you!
Z.A :)

| Posted on 2011-03-29 | by a guest

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can someone please help me to understand it.z critique part plz thnks

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

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