Thomas Hardy

A character analysis of the famous poet in order to understand and analyse the poems from the iGCSE Literature Hardy Collection.

  • Created by: L Lawliet
  • Created on: 18-05-13 17:34



  • Upset because of the loss of his wives (as seen in Neutral Tones, On the Departure Platform, The Going and The Voice).
  • Bitter as he grows older (as seen by I Look into My Glass)
  • Compassionate (as seen in Drummer Hodge)
  • Miserable with life in general (as shown by how he misses/ is upset by his wife; how he is disheartened by Darwinism in the Darkling Thrush; how he is bitter about his aging as in I Look into My Glass and how he is disgusted by human selfishness as seen in The Convergence of the Twain).
  • The Narrator (often omniscient): Neutral Tones, I Look into My Glass, Drummer Hodge, On the Departure Platform, The Convergence of the Twain, The Going and The Voice).
  • Adopter of a persona: The Pine Planters.
  • Accusatory: this is whether it be Time for making him age or his wife for leaving him or humans for building the Titanic and challenging nature.

Development (Growth & change)

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  • The poems about his wives often are about coming to terms with his loss.
  • Often, by the end of the poems, he's made some emotional progress, such as in The Going, he finally accepts that his wife's death wasn't her fault.
  • However, sometimes he reaches no decision (as in Neutral Tones) or he's just commenting on events that happen to him (as in I Look into My Glass).
  • Sometimes, the development is not with him, but within the story/message he is trying to put across, such as in Drummer Hodge.
  • He often uses imagery of a miserable and deathly scene to represent his emotions.
  • Many of his poems have a bitter tone.
  • He likes to blame problems he faces on other people or other things.
  • His poems often have a main meaning or message. They were also very much inspired by events in his own life or events happening around him.


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