Friday, February 22, 2008

Poetry Friday: The Voice by Thomas Hardy

This week's Poetry Friday host is Big A little a

Thomas Hardy is better known for his novels, but he was an accomplished poet as well, and his prose was suffused with a poet's sensibilities. Here's a poem that I've always loved for the way the last stanza breaks its form as an indication of despair--both the narrator and the poem falter, can barely go on.

The Voice - by Thomas Hardy

Woman much missed, how you call to me, call to me,
Saying that now you are not as you were
When you had changed from the one who was all to me,
But as at first, when our day was fair.

Can it be you that I hear? Let me view you, then,
Standing as when I drew near to the town
Where you would wait for me: yes, as I knew you then,
Even to the original air-blue gown!

Or is it only the breeze in its listlessness
Travelling across the wet mead to me here,
You being ever dissolved to wan wistlessness,
Heard no more again far or near?

Thus I; faltering forward,
Leaves around me falling,
Wind oozing thin through the thorn from norward,
And the woman calling.


  1. Thanks for posting a comment on my blog! I'll be adding you to my "Daily Reads". And happy belated 11-month birthday to your daughter. :)

  2. "Wind oozing thin through the thorn from norward," ...this poem sounds so haunting and beautiful when read aloud. I love his sound combinations. Thanks for posting it!

  3. Thanks so much for stopping by Lara and Cloudscome!

    I don't know about you, but I can hardly believe almost a year has passed since my little one was born. I look forward to following your blog!

    Isn't that a great line? I also find the third stanza particularly haunting.

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  5. Thomas Hardy did the finest poems for children, I love the way create metaphors, he was a brilliant author with a great style.

  6. This is incredible because this man is not only able to write excellent novels but also he writes excellent poems, I didn't know it because I had just read their novels.

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