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1

What is it about

About a wife waiting for news about her husband who is fighting in the Boer war in South Africa

2

Who is the poet

Thomas Hardy

3

What are the themes

War
Nature
Weather
Loss
Love
Death
Life
Conflict
Grief
Relationships

4

What is the structure

Written in present tense- we see it unfolding as she does too.
Regular rhyme and rhythm apart from the dashed that interrupt it- like her life was interrupted. Also interrupted thoughts
Poem is split into two sections. Tragedy and irony.

5

“He- has fallen- in the far South Land”

Pauses reflect the speech. South Africa- far away from the fog of London. Hard for her to picture the reality

6

“His hand, whom the worm now knows”

Handwriting.
Worms eating his body- the hand that wrote the letter

7

“Page- full of his hoped return”

What he hoped he would do when he returns home in the summer- weather

8

“Flashed news is in her hand”

Sudden and hard for her to take in

9

“And of new love that they would learn”

Poignant (sad) ending because is wont happen now.
Love between them- a baby/pregnancy.

10

What does the title show

Could be any wife whose husband is at war. Very specific place and reference to a specific war in this poem