Thomas Hardy Poetry

From the Aqa poetry anthology for unit 1 and unit 3

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Under the Waterfall

Important points- Voices, places, time, characterisation and structure

The poem starts with a speech mark, showing that he is speaking either to us or someone else.

'Shroud of gray' - forgetfulness, a thinkening.

Lots of imagery of Time, 'I never' ' in the burn of august'

The second stanza is another speaker, we are not told who.

'we drank from that glass together' - symbolises there relationship

trying to retrive the glas is symbolism of him trying to remember the love the pair had, he finds it hard

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Under the Waterfall Continued

Assuming it's a female speaker, apart from 17-20, which may be Hardy

'Silent interlocutor'- Replying to someone, you can tell someone is listening

the only real 'prime love rhyme' she knows is the power of water and waterfalls

Lost glass represents lost love, just out of reach 

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