Hardy - I look into my glass analysis

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I look into my glass
What's going on?
Hardy writes about being old and the body getting more fragile
He discusses the cruel irony of being too old for people to want him (hate to break
it to you Hardy but you were a lonely and depressing man before the wrinkles
kicked in) yet still full of passion... in his pants.
Rhyme scheme:
ABAB rhymes sound strong on the tongue, creating a forceful flow to the poem.
Emphasises how realistic his description of aging and loneliness is.
Key themes:
ontrast between aging physical body and his heart which is still young and
Impact of time on the human identity
Men's fears around a loss of virility as they age
Poem and Language Analysis
I look into my glass. o Focuses on contrast between his `wasting
And view my wasting skin' and his emotions
skin, o `would God it came to pass my heart had
And say, `Would God it shrunk as thin' ­ wishes his heart had shrunk
came to pass with his body as he is overwhelmed by his
My heart had shrunk as emotions.
For then, I, undistrest o Implies that if his heart had `grown cold' just
By hearts grown cold to like his body he would be able to comfortably
me, await his death.
Could lonely wait my o Caesura in the first line isolates the `I',
endless rest automatically draws your eye to the
With equanimity. separation of it from the other words -
Hardy finds it easier to isolate himself and
lead a lonely life if it means that he doesn't
have to deal with anymore heartbreaks

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­ Implies that
those he loved didn't always love him back,
o Assonance of the letter `o' in `grown', `cold'
and `lonely' emphasise the coldness and
misery of his situation
o `equanimity' contains lots of syllables,
making it a forceful word ­ he wants to wait
peacefully for death but he can't
But Time, to make me o Capitalisation of `Time' emphasises it's role in
grieve, causing Hardy's grief
part steals, lets part o `part steals, lets part abide;' caesura in the
abide; middle of…read more


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