And they build a shady seat Ah, no; the years, the years; See, the white storm-birds wing across. Each stanza of the poem, which describes the inability of a family to fend off the depredations of time, begins hopefully and ends in foreboding, until the last, which ends in death: They change to a high new house, He, she, all of them—aye, Clocks and carpets and chairs On the lawn all day, And the brightest things that are theirs
It is the contrast between the primaeval landscape and the transitory but personally unforgettable human experience that lies at the heart of the poem. Hardy believed that there is a human record in nature, just as there is a record of the rocks; extrapolating, I would say that there is a quite different feeling of place in historic Europe than there is, say, in North America.
The form of the poem is also extremely effective, five lines in each verse, rhymed ababb, with the last couplet in each stanza subtly used for contrast or emphasis.
This simple structure carries the freight of a single emotional memory in a way that is as convincing as it is unforgettable. He wrote it following visits to various locations that formed an integral part of his relationship with his deceased wife.
Their relationship had soured irreparably at the time of her death- leaving him battling a certain degree of guilt and regret.
In this re-visiting of old and happier scenes Hardy is possibly trying to exorcise the unhappiness of the latter years of his marriage and recapture, earlier, more fulfilling times. This device of placing a speaker in a scene to reflect-usually regretfully- on the lost moments of the past and the emptiness of the present is used often and effectively by Hardy in many of his greatest poems.
|Popular Songs||Even though their relationship had been full of tension, when Emma died, Hardy strongly mourned her passing. The text is full of resonance simply on its own terms.|
Time is fleeting, cruel, uncaring, rolls inexorably on:must be acknowledged to Harold Orel's pioneering editorial work, Thomas Hardy's Personal Writings (), in establishing the text of the present selection. Throughout the references and editorial commentary, abbreviations are used which are listed at the start of .
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At Castle Boterel by Thomas Hardy. During Wind and Rain by Thomas Hardy. God Wills It by Gabriela Mistral.
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Title: Poems That 4/5(2). I will compare 'At Castle Boatel', a poem by Thomas Hardy, with 'Autumn' by John Clare. They are two very different poems with different structure, and moods, which makes them ideal to compare.
The principal moods of the two poems are very different. In 'At Castle Boterel' it is a very reflective piece, looking back on what was.
"At Castle Boterel," also featured recently on The Thomas Hardy Association's Poem of the Month. Phillip Mallett opened the discussion with the observation that in one of the best-known discussions of Hardy's verse, A Mirror of England () which compares "Edward Thomas and Thomas Hardy: The English Line," to Tim Armstrong's Thomas Hardy.
Thomas Hardy and Castle Boterel. The Boscastle area was a favourite of Thomas Hardy, the novelist and poet, who wrote about it as Castle Boterel, a region of dream and mystery.