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  1. The Voice Thomas Hardy

  2. The Voice Woman much missed, how you call to me, call to me,Saying that now you are not as you wereWhen you had changed from the one who was all to me,But as at first, when our day was fair.Can it be you that I hear?  Let me view you, then,Standing as when I drew near to the townWhere you would wait for me: yes, as I knew you then,Even to the original air-blue gown!Or is it only the breeze in its listlessnessTravelling across the wet mead to me here,You being ever dissolved to wan wistlessness,Heard no more again far or near?Thus I; faltering forward,Leaves around me falling,Wind oozing thin through the thorn from norward,And the woman calling.

  3. Background Information Victorian writer Written after wife passed away Poems about ‘Emma’ Separated Guilt Affair with Florence On point of recovery

  4. Stanza 1 Woman much missed, how you call to me, call to me,Saying that now you are not as you wereWhen you had changed from the one who was all to me,But as at first, when our day was fair. Echoing effect Emphasis of grief Optimistic Tone Rhythm and flow Looking back, memory

  5. Stanza 2 Can it be you that I hear?  Let me view you, then,Standing as when I drew near to the townWhere you would wait for me: yes, as I knew you then,Even to the original air-blue gown! Some doubt shown Reminiscing Reaffirming himself Air-blue = transient memories

  6. Stanza 3 Or is it only the breeze in itslistlessnessTravelling across the wet mead to me here,You being ever dissolved to wan wistlessness,Heard no more again far or near? Change in mood Metaphor of wind Wistlessness Fear that the voice is imaginary Emphasis of grief All one question

  7. Stanza 4 Thus I; falteringforward,Leaves around me falling,Windoozing thin through the thorn from norward,And the woman calling. Rhythm disintegrates Wind metaphor Desolate mood Use of participles

  8. Summary Personal, passionate Initial hope Earlier years Air-blue gown Fluency destroyed Contemplating suicide? Trying to get on with life Guilt, depressed

  9. Possible Exam Questions