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Author: poem of Thomas Hardy Type: poem Views: 42

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If but some vengeful god would call to me

From up the sky, and laugh: "Thou suffering thing,

Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,

that thy love's loss is my hate's profiting!"

Then would I bear it, clench myself, and die,

Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited;

Half-eased in that a Powerfuller than I

Had willed and meted me the tears I shed.

But not so.  How arrives it joy lies slain,

And why unblooms the best hope ever sown?

--Crass Casualty obstructs the sun and rain,

And dicing Time for gladness casts a moan. . .

These purblind Doomsters had as readily strown

Blisses about my pilgrimage as pain.


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| Posted on 2011-08-24 | by a guest

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in the firt and second stanzas; he tells that god is happy for people suffering. God says the more you suffer the better i feel.

| Posted on 2011-05-28 | by a guest

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its like a philosophical approach to religion, god etc. if we are controlled by a force, or if there is something called fate why we have to be punished for the deeds we ve done? there is chance obviously, chance leads 2 ways good and evil, but we dont know which way is good. maybe the good for one person is evil for another. its relative. the poet is aware of that and everything we do leads pain after all since \"pain\" is the last word of the poem.

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| Posted on 2010-10-26 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2010-06-09 | by a guest

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We had to do this for english, and it is a very sadistic poem

| Posted on 2010-05-22 | by a guest

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Circumstances beyond control= fancy the mind as "providence"
Circumstances within control= fancy the mind as "autonomy"
fancy words control mindful circumstances hidden behind the veil of truth; here,
faith in reasonable faith
live and learn, and then get luvs.

| Posted on 2010-05-18 | by a guest

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I think the poem is trying to convince people to never read poetry again...ever!

| Posted on 2010-04-16 | by a guest

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Hardy is expressing his vies of a divine providence that controls the universe through chance.
In the first stanze he refers to a "god" without the capital letter indicating not only his unchristian views but how he does no believe in a god. It is almost mocking in the way that he choses not to capitalise the name to express lack of believe.
The second stanze brings Hardy to his criticisms of "god". How suffering is chosen to be bestown upon mortals even though often "unmerited".
He expresses the idea that people accept this suffering because they are "half-eased" by the prescence of a higher being. "Powerfuller" is capitalised with in comparison to the lower case of "god" shows how Hardy has a stonger believe in a Powerful force than a higher being. This force being divine providence

| Posted on 2009-05-19 | by a guest

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Could be seen as an effective start to his collection of poetry. Indeed it can be said that similar to his other writings, he begins by asking questions, with a sense of uncertainity, and ends with his own answers. He works through his poetry to realise how he actually feels. The same goes for the Emma elegies, and the reader can see him grieve and come to terms with her loss. Fits in with his athiest views

| Posted on 2009-05-04 | by a guest

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it would be easier to accept that a higher power is in control of worldly events. but we are in control of our existence, so it would be best to just grin and bear it.

| Posted on 2009-04-02 | by a guest

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it would be easier to accept that a higher power is in control of worldly events. but we are in control of our existence, so it would be best to just grin and bear it.

| Posted on 2009-04-02 | by a guest

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In the first stanza he writes of his desire that some vengeful god would call to [him]/ From up the sky and laugh. He wishes that the god would admit to taking joy from the suffering of the lowly mortal. Why does Hardy ask for such a sadistic, vengeful god? Hardy gives his answer in the second stanza of the poem. He writes that the existence of such a god would allow him to bear his sufferings with a feeling of righteous anger, or ire unmerited. The existence of such a god would be useful to Hardy because he could direct all his anger created by suffering at one being. It would also ease his suffering to know that a powerfuller than [himself]/ had willed and meted me the tears [he] shed. In other words, Hardys suffering would be reduced if only he knew that some force greater than he had caused the suffering he experiences. In the third stanza Hardy laments about the fact that the existence of such a convenient, vengeful god is not so. After he states that no malevolent god exists to deal out his sorrows, he asks, How arrives it joy lies slain,/ and why unblooms the best hope ever sown? Why should he not be happy if there is no malevolent force preventing it? Why should all his hopes be ruined? Hardy answers his own questions by writing that Crass Casualty obstructs the sun and rain,/ and dicing time for gladness casts a moan. In other words, Hardy is saying that only random chance is responsible for his suffering. In the last two lines of his poem he writes about the fact that random chance has indifferently given him as many blessings as sufferings in his life.

| Posted on 2009-01-08 | by a guest

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Hardy puts forth that if a god came foreward and told him that he finds an amusement from Hardys sorrows, and it overjoys him. Hardy would then erupt in a outburst of rage, and feel more vunerable and weak than he had ever felt under the reign of such a god, that the gods amusement only brings to him the wish of death and that the god makes his tears melt him away. Then, in the last paragraph, Hardy becomes aware to himself that a god such as that could not exist and that life is not written in stone and man provides himself with his own choices. All other occurences are chance, and people are the dealers of chance, therefore Hardy realized that it is he that guides his fate and what chances have the power to occur.

| Posted on 2008-12-02 | by a guest

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chance is not controlled by humans in most cases but not by a higher power either.

| Posted on 2008-11-03 | by a guest

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In Thomas Hardy’s poem “Hap” the main idea is about the sorrows of life and how they occur by random chance. Hardy’s poem, a 14 line sonnet, is done in three stanzas. The first stanza Hardy ask for a vengeful God to become known to him; one that takes pride in Hardy’s suffering, “thy loss is my hate’s profiting (pg 1868 line 4).” In the second stanza he claims that if such a God did exist Hardy would have something to be angry with for pouring all these sufferings upon him, and even more so because this force would be something much more powerful than he. In the last stanza he resolves however; stating that this God he desires does not exist, and that his sorrows and sufferings happen by chance “Crass casualty obstruct the sun, and rain,/And dicing Time for gladness cast a moan…(pg 1869 11-12).” This random chance has bestowed upon him pain and hardship and is impervious to his suffering.

| Posted on 2008-10-31 | by a guest

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In response - I think human beings cause circustances, and chance is the moments of time that sandwich between circustances.
They are possibly a result of the human unconsiousness, or maybe a devine internevtion.

| Posted on 2008-10-03 | by a guest

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fellow human beings cause chance, a higher power doesn't control chance

| Posted on 2008-08-18 | by a guest

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