Hardy, Bronte and the Loss
“A Comparative Analysis of Bronte and Hardy”
Death, it scares even the greatest heroes on the face of the Earth, nobody knows what will happen after the blackness has taken over your sight and you lay down for your final rest. It has been a purpose of thousands of writers all across the globe for centuries, three of which being: “Remembrance” by Emily Bronte, “The Darkling Thrush”, and “Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?” by Thomas Hardy. “Remembrance” is a fantastic poem based on a wife who is speaking of her past lover who had died Fifteen years prior. There are mixed emotions running amuck, but all in all it is a very great read. “The Darkling Thrush” is a short poem, a monologue of a man on a Christmas walk pondering what his future will behold, a very pessimistic man, who finally notices happiness in a passing singing bird. And finally, the poem, “Ah, Are You Digging on My Grace?” coming from the mind of a recently dead women, who finds that the world has passed her by after her death, and nobody misses her as she thought, which then crushes her. All of these fantastic poems share a common goal, to express what loss is, each have their own way to tell it with different stories of examples of loss.
In, “Remembrance” by Emily Bronte she expresses a physical loss that after an extended time period will transform into a loss of what we will call memory. “Have I forgot, my Only Love, to love thee, Severed at last by Time’s all wearing wave? Now, when alone do my thoughts no longer hover Over the mountains, on that northern shore; Resting their wings where heath and fern-leaves cover Thy noble heart for ever, ever more? Cold in the earth, and fifteen wild Decembers.” (Page 1075 Lines 3-9). A poor women is silently talking to a former lover, who has perished to the other side, struggling to remember the good times that they shared. This is started by the death of her lover, this is the physical loss, he isn’t where he usually was, every passing moment will remind her of him. Grief will strike her and soon she will start to go on with life and the pain will fade. After a time period, in this story its fifteen years, the memory of her lover starts to fade, and she can no longer remember the great times that she has shared with him. She begs for forgiveness from her former lover, because she has grown apart from him, starting with the physical then onto the mental loss.
“The Darkling Thrush “is a great example of the sorrowful loss of time,...