To be read by a woman with an American accent completely destroys the ethos of the poem. No, Hardy paints a picture of group of rough English squaddies lower rank soldiers battle weary and shocked by the sheer violence of the day. As a drummer, Hodge would be no more than 15 years old and this youthfulness would hit them hard; one of them talks about the dead boy, This is Hodge's eulogy; spoken by one of the rough men he drummed into battle, they are his companions, they feel the complete desolation and uselessness of the aftermath of battle, Just as Hodges just as they consider the 'useless' body shovelled under the sand, they express it, not some woman with a foreign accent that makes the poem all wrong. As I said then, there was no racism.
On the way, the selection has missed significant poets such as Matthew Arnold and GM Hopkins, and does not look forward to the end of the century by covering early Yeats, Kipling or AE Housman.
One can only assume that the selection is based on the need to find links between the poets for the purpose of exam questions! To give you a more comprehensive view of the complete sweep of the poetry of the Victorians, do read "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold, which contemplates a world without Faith, and "The Windhover" by Gerard Manley Hopkins, one of the greatest poems ever written.
Leaving GMH out of this selection is, frankly, unforgivable. But he writes about Christ and God - and in this secular, yet multicultural, world perhaps they thought he was too scary to tackle!
He is also hard to compare with other poets, as he is simply unique. Hardy is probably better known for his novels than for his poetry. His novels - particularly "Tess of the D'Ubervilles" and "Jude the Obscure" - are acknowledged as some of the best novels of the era, challenging Victorian bourgeois values, exploring the plight of women, Victorian sexual hypocrisy, and the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the rural poor.
However, they were considered shocking for their sensationalism - they feature rape, murder and suicide - and received much hostile criticism. In response, he returned to writing poetry. I would describe his poetry as "highly variable". It is strongly suggested that the poem "At an Inn" is based on the relationship between Florence Henniker and Hardy and a visit to the George Hotel in Winchester.
Hardy first met Florence inwhen his marriage was in trouble, and he appears to have fallen in love with her. However, there is no suggestion that they had a sexual relationship; she was married to an army officer and rejected Hardy's advances.
They corresponded for 30 years, until her death inand even wrote a short story together. He described her in his letters as "One rare, fair woman". The visit that is the subject of the poem took place later in the year of their first meeting - - although it was not published until in an anthology called "Wessex Poems".
The date of writing is not known.
The poem tells of a misunderstanding, Hardy's thoughts of what might have been and, to him, lost opportunities. It is infused with regret. It is written in regular, alternating iambic trimetre and iambic dimetre lines with a regular rhyming pattern of ababcdcd. This gives it a conversational feel — as if he is recounting a story known to them both and that it is light-hearted and reminiscent.
However, the manipulation of the accented beats on particular words reveals the deep feelings running below the surface. When we as strangers sought Their catering care, Veiled smiles bespoke their thought Of what we were.
They warmed as they opined Us more than friends-- That we had all resigned For love's dear ends.
There is an ambiguity in the use of the word "strangers".Drummer Hodge' by Thomas Hardy Drummers had been generally the very most youthful of troops and had been regarded as to end up being as well youthful to battle.
Archives and past articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and benjaminpohle.com Also A study guide for Thomas Hardy's poetry, which contains paragraph discussions of the following poems: The Going of the Battery, Drummer Hodge, The Man He Killed, Channel Firing, In Time of The Breaking of Nations, The Going, The Haunter, The Voice, During Wind and Rain, The Darkling Thrush, Shut Out That Moon, To an Unborn Pauper Child.
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Thomas Hardy loved writing poetry and his huge volume of poetry and wide subject matter is testimony to this. Drummer Hodge explores the theme of war and can be summarised as a young soldier who.