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Neutral Tones Prezi
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By Thomas Hardy Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy
We stood by a pond that winter day,
And the sun was white, as though chidden of God,
And a few leaves lay on the starving sod,
--They had fallen from an ash, and were gray.
Your eyes on me were as eyes that rove
Over tedious riddles solved years ago;
And some words played between us to and fro--
On which lost the more by our love.
The smile on your mouth was the deadest thing
Alive enough to have strength to die;
And a grin of bitterness swept thereby
Like an ominous bird a-wing....
Since then, keen lessons that love deceives,
And wrings with wrong, have shaped to me
Your face, and the God-curst sun, and a tree,
And a pond edged with grayish leaves. Now, how does he do it? Atmosphere Emotional Messages The End! Connotation of words Abstract everything! Strategic Shifting Ending Symbolism In the beginning And back to the present... Then we have a shift! Well, What is this about? In the beginning, Hardy references being at a pond with someone, though it is not known who. I assume it's his wife. Hardy changes tack to when the two were in love and solved puzzles together. Hardy uses many symbols that represent endings and loneliness. Almost everything Hardy includes is abstract, so we are forced to imagine in our minds a different view of the situation than the person next to us. In the beginning, Hardy already begins to paint a drab view of the world, but he shifts to the past to help us put that view into context and compare. Hardy also chooses many negatively connotated words in the poem. For example, the smile is the "deadest thing" and is a grin full of bitterness. All of these different strategies Hardy employs assist in creating a dark or sullen atmosphere, which almost makes the suggestion that there is no good in this world. Thanks for listening! Prezi by Nick Lin (because we all know that I'm a GREAT presenter -_-) Interestingly, the world seems dull, which is the first hint that "neutral tones" refers to neutral color tones. The only colored objects are leaves from an ash (suspiciously grey as though it's FIRE ash) and the sun is described as white. He probably did this to provide contrast between an apparently vibrant past and the dull present. Hardy then comes back to the present and claims that the other person's smile is the "deadest thing." It is literally so superficial that the only thing it can do is die. He also thinks about how now it all ends or hearkens to this pond that's edged with greyish leaves. It is winter, the trees are barren, there are only 2 people who don't really like each other, the leaves are grey as ash (which is what's left after a fire). This is probably done to make us pay more attention to what details we do have. Given this look into an apparently colorful past, we can look at the present and understand the significance of their lack of love. Also, it is worth noting that Hardy makes it obvious that their love doesn't work out when he makes the only mistake in rhyme and uses an eye rhyme instead of a word that really rhymes. What does this accomplish? Hardy's abstract words convey emotions much better than concrete words would. This allows you to feel the pain and bitterness that he feels. Assuming you were....