A Comparison Of Hardy's After A Journey And The Voice

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A Comparison of Hardy's After A Journey and The Voice

We have been looking at two of Hardy’s poem s in great depth, The
Voice and After A Journey. Both of these poems were written by Thomas
Hardy, who besides an author was also an architect.

The two poems are set in the countryside. In The Voice, we can see
this because of the kind of climate described,

“Wind oozing thin through the thorn from norward.”

In After A Journey, we know the poem is set in the countryside because
of the scenery described.

“Up the cliff, down, till I’m lonely.”

As the poems are set in the countryside it emphasis the fact that we
are close to nature. In Hardy’s poems, he uses the natural
surroundings and happenings to describe the love between the ghost and
the speaker, for example, in After A Journey;

“Summer gave us sweets, but autumn wrought division?”

This means that the relationship between the ghost and the speaker was
a settled one during summer, but in autumn, they had been separated.
This technique is called ‘pathetic fallacy’. The setting shows his
feelings towards the ghost and the state of mind he is in.

In both the poems, the characters are the same. There is a speaker and
a ghost- whom the speaker is talking to, and about.

In, The Voice, the speaker is still in love with the ghost, and he
goes to the places where he used to with his love. When he is at the
place, he forgets about reality and visualises a scene with his loved
one.

He is being led on throughout the poem until he comes to a dead end.

“Woman much missed, how you call to me, call to me.”

The speaker comes out of the dream, and breaks it by talking about
reality.

“Or is it only the breeze in its listlessness, travelling across the
wet mead to me here.”

After A Journey, is a poem in which the speaker travels to the past,
to finish off an unfinished business. Again, he is still in love with
the ghost. He is led on by the ghost, to places which they went
together.

“I see what you are doing: you are leading me on, to the spots we
knew, when we haunted here together.”

The relationship between the ghost and speaker in, After A Journey is
a lot more positive then the relationship between the ghost and
speaker in The Voice. The relationship between the ghost and speaker
has been described using the natural climate in both poems. I know
that the relationship between the two is a lot more positive in After
a Journey then The voice, because the climate used to describe the
relationship in After a Journey has a lot more of a loving meaning to
it. Whereas in The Voice the climate used to describe the
relationship, gives it a disappointing meaning.

“ You being ever dissolved to wan wistlessness.”

In, After A Journey, the speaker is bought back to the present, and
the first thing he...

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