(Hardy/Eliot) Journeys

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  • Journeys
    • During Wind and Rain
      • 'creeping', 'shadily' + 'glimpse'
        • Progressive verbs imitate time's effect/ journey
        • lack of light suggests end of time/ life is dawning
      • 'the rotten rose is ript from the wall'
        • violent alliteration shows the physical aspects of time
          • Written 5 years after Emma's death (still affected)
        • A rose is typically a symbol of love/romance
          • Hardy used Naturalism in his poetry to create Romanticism
      • 'candles mooning'
        • Oxymoronic effect as 'candles' contrast cold light of the 'moon'
          • Creates a ghostly image, shows mortality of humans
        • The moon controls the tides - its phases reflect cycle of life
          • Pale moon light creates a sickly effect (devoid of warmth)
        • Candles produce meager amounts of light (futile effect)
    • In A Waiting Room
      • 'no train came in'
        • Metaphor for death
        • Modernist image
          • Hardy had a lot of respect for Eliot's work
      • 'some high altar, children - a pair -'
        • Hyphons suggests protection OR surrounded on all sides
        • Children are symbolic of hope (links to spring morning)
          • Children have the power to change future
        • Not separated like 'a soldier and wife'
        • Religious connotations, children placed above
          • Hardy was an atheist but acknowledged its importance to Emma
          • Hardy never had any children, so could convey regret
          • J. Clipper: 'His view of life was that since there is no God to give meaning to life, Man is alone in the Universe'
      • 'morning sick'
        • Oxymoron creates recessive effect
        • Hardy used Naturalism in his poetry to create Romanticism
        • Oxymoron creates recessive effect
    • Animula
      • 'taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree'
        • 'Taking' is a bold, assertive word. (Suggests 'new soul' holds world in its hands
        • Christmas setting references Christ, the most important soul to be born
        • 'fragrant' uses senses, as if 'new soul' is open to all possibilities
      • 'curl up the small soul in the window seat behind the Encyclopedia'
        • 'Encyclopedia' is a modernist image, suggests education
        • 'window' suggests enlightenment but is never opened
          • Watches others but does not act (ignorance was bliss)
        • 'behind' creates a recessive/ backward effect
          • Sibilance emphasises he is letting life slip away
        • Hadrian died having lived a full life. Now Eliot fears for his soul
          • Dante’s/ Eliot's soul is compared to a seeker of God who is deflected by daily trifles and follies.
        • Continuous theme of lack of movement (Prufrock)
          • Poem follows a structure: in this section the 'soul withdraws from the world'
    • Marina
      • 'more distant than the stars and nearer than the eye'
        • Eyes are a classical image - 'windows to the soul'
          • Humanity is blinded to the truth
        • Stars typically used to navigate (no purpose without daughter)
          • Shakespeare's Pericles sails the world believing his daughter is dead, only to discover her alive and well
            • Is Eliot hoping for a miracle?
        • Modern perspective of eyes - connected by genes
        • Stars are symbols of fate - hope of finding her
          • Eliot 'seems to represent a withdrawal from the outer world and an exploration of the inner life'
      • 'sit in a sty of contentment'
        • Oxymoron creates an ignorant effect
        • Society depicted as wallowing pigs
          • 'sit' emphasises lack of movement
        • 'sty' could alternatively mean eye infection

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