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The Subalterns by Thomas Hardy

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Samira Ibrahim

on 26 October 2012

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Transcript of The Subalterns by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy The Subalterns Summary of "The Subalterns" Imagery Tone Other Devices The obstacles that one faces in life do not control themselves, but rather are governed and controlled by:

1. Ultimate Law or force of nature (laws of physics)
2. An omnipotent or omniscient force/being (God) Organization and Form "The Subalterns" contains five stanzas, each with four lines, with an ABAB rhyme scheme and a stressed.unstressed pattern of syllables. Diction The diction in this poem derives from old English, and it describes a harsh journey. This journey could be a physical journey or perhaps a journey through life. Syntax Each verse in this poem is a compound and/or complex sentence. This, perhaps, represents the complexities of life and the creations of the omnipotent force. "The Subalterns" makes references to the freezing North Winds, the dark (leaden) night sky, and death beckoning to the speaker. Tone is the most widely used tool in this poem by the author. Though the content of the poem deals with inevitable tragedies and difficulties presented in life, the tone seems humbled and somewhat optimistic. The primary device in the poem is personification. The North Wind has the human ability to "breathe." The sky has sympathy with the traveler, and death has a voice that speaks to the narrator. Presented By: Amber Withey and Samira Ibrahim
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