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THE WALK, Thomas Hardy

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Transcript of THE WALK, Thomas Hardy

THE WALK,
Thomas Hardy

You did not walk with me
Of late to the hill-top tree
By the gated ways,
As in earlier days;
You were weak and lame,
So you never came,
And I went alone, and I did not mind,
Not thinking of you as left behind.

I walked up there to-day
Just in the former way;
Surveyed around
The familiar ground
By myself again:
What difference, then?
Only that underlying sense
Of the look of a room on returning thence.
Introduction
written on December 1912
part of Poems of 1912-13- ''Emma's poems'' written after Emma's death
attempt to deal with: regret & guilt ( not a smooth marriage, unable to appreciate his wife )
contrasting events before Emma’s death with the present

Structure
Eight rhyming couplets in two stanzas
Analysis-
STANZA 1
You did not walk with me
Of late to the hill-top tree
By the gated ways,
As in earlier days;
You were weak and lame,
So you never came,
And I went alone, and I did not mind,
Not thinking of you as left behind.

The Walk
“The Walk” is a simple, short poem in which his feelings of loss and emptiness are expressed in stark and revealing terms.
STANZA 1
past, when Emma was alive
STANZA 2
present, after Emma's death
Analysis-

STANZA 2
I walked up there to-day
Just in the former way;
Surveyed around
The familiar ground
By myself again:
What difference, then?
Only that underlying sense
Of the look of a room on returning thence.

THEMES
sense of loss
nostalgia
memory
loneliness
companionship
TONE- MOOD
filled with lounging,
nostalgia and sadness.
THE END
Thomas Hardy
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