When We Two Parted & Neutral Tones

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When We Two Parted & Neutral Tones

Similarities

  • Loss of a relationship
  • Both narrators are reflecting on the relationship
  • Believe their partner was decieving
  • Cyclical structure - unable to move forward from the past
  • Reference to death

Differences

  • When We Two Parted - ABAB rhyme structure whereas in Neutral tones the rhyme structure is ABBA
  • Hardy uses juxtaposition to illustrate the clash between the speaker and past lover
  • 4 stanzas of four lines each in Neutral Tones - Hardy has taken careful consideration
  • When we two parted there are 4 stanzas of 8 lines each - He has a lot to say as a Romantic poet but Hardy uses fewer lines to send a stronger meaning and thought provoking attitude to a reader.

Overall comparison

Lord Byron's "When We Two Parted" and Thomas Hardy's "Neutral Tones", the poets try to demonstrate their heartbreak through a range of structural and language techniques. They are both trying to elaborate on the pain that a broken relationship can cause for a man. They are both male poets. An archetypal man during the 19th century would be expected to be bold, dominant and ultimately emotionless as having emotions was a feminine quality. The fact that both poets talk about the pain and loss they felt directs the reader into feeling sympathy and empathy. As men they are demonstrating that they too have feelings, that an end to what they thought was a loving relationship can have consequences in which they find unable to endure.

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