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- Created on: 11-06-19 07:31
A wife in London: Thomas Hardy
As one of Hardy’s poems written about the Boer War, this text documents a woman anticipating and receiving a letter informing of her husbands’ death in South Africa.
Hardy was strongly opposed to war and wrote several poems communicating his hatred of conflict.
· Conflict and war
· Nature versus culture
· Anxious / apprehensive
· Shocked / disbelieving
· Saddened / grieving
· Irregular metre creates feeling of unease to reflect wife’s anxious anticipation
· Italicised message reflects stress evoked by news of husbands death / suggests appearance and reality of war differ
· Rigid quintets reflects harshness of social conventions, conflict and war / presents wife’s entrapment
· Irregular rhyme highlights unnatural occurrence of war and premature deaths
· Diacope acknowledges distance between lovers / boundary…