A Wife in London - Quotes, Context and Form & Structure

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  • A Wife in London
    • End
      • "In the summer weather"
        • The use of pathetic fallacy is used to show the happiness and romance of a couple meeting up after the war.
        • The use of warm weather represent their love and is a contrast to the weather described in stanza 1
      • "new love"
        • The adjuective 'new' suggest that the relationsiop between the husband and wife will be created afresh after being reunited after the war.
        • The noun ‘love’ is emotive language, which refers to deep, intense attachment felt between husband and wife, which will be renewed when they are back together
    • Beginning
      • "She sits in the tawny vapour"
        • Uses Pathetic Fallacy to reflect the mood of the wife and the City of London as the country goes to war.
        • Tawny means brown - suggesting that the air is polluted by warfare just as her life is.
      • "The street-lamp glimmers cold"
        • An oxymoron as it represents life and death.  Also a metaphor to describe life going out of the soldiers as they die.
        • Reflects the wife giving up hope as she waits for her husband to come home.
    • Middle
      • "Of meaning it dazes to understand"
        • The structure of the sentence and word order is awkward.  Reflecting the fact the wife is confused.
        • The verb 'daze' is powerful and describes the feeling of being stunned and shocked - that the wife is feeling.
      • "His hand, whom the worm now knows: "
        • Physically - The noun 'worm' refer to the fact that the husband is dead and his physical body is buried in the ground.
        • The repeated 'H' sounds creates a whispery tone as the wife remembers her husband.  It reflects her grief and fondness of him.
    • Form and Stucture
      • Written in two parts
        • Each part had 2 stanzas, containing 5 lines each
        • First part describes the wife finding out her husband has been killed.
        • Second part describes the wife receiving a letter from her husband a day later
        • Represents time passing
      • Rhyme scheme
        • ABBAB
        • Metre is inconsistent and varies throughout the poem
    • Context
      • Thomas Hardy
        • Highly critical on Victorian society
        • Born in Dorset, England
        • Influenced by Romantic Poets


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