Monthly Archives: March 2016

Grayscale Hardy

Neutral Tones contains elements of grayscale photography. The colors Hardy uses in these poems are contained to variants of black and white. In photography white is used to express the strongest intensity of information while black expresses the opposite. In Neutral … Continue reading

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Marty as the Darkling Thrush

In reading Hardy’s poem “The Darkling Thrush” I perceived a connection to Marty. In the poem, the speaker relates that in the social realm of human existence, times are not hopeful, saying, “every spirit upon earth /Seemed fervourless as I”(15-16). … Continue reading

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The Neutral Tones Between Grace and Fitzpiers

Thomas Hardy’s poem “Neutral Tones” is reminiscent of the romantic development between Grace Melbury and Edgar Fitzpiers, as many of its themes align with those that characterize the relationship between Grace and Fitzpiers. In the initial stages of Fitzpier’s attraction … Continue reading

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Love vs. Lust in The Woodlanders

Just as at the dichotomy between the stimulation of urban life and the virtue of woodland seclusion constantly clouds Grace’s mind, so to does stark contrast between lust and love paralyze her ability to choose between her suitors. In Giles, Grace finds … Continue reading

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Romanticism vs Reality in The Woodlanders

Hardy provides many contrasting images and representations of nature throughout The Woodlanders. At times, nature is beautiful and scenic, but at other times it is decayed, dead, or destructive. For example, when Melbury and Grace drive away from the woods, … Continue reading

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“Hap”: Continuing Discussions on Agency

I’m not sure if Giles from Hardy’s Woodlanders is a religious man, but I see some elements of his sorrow and anguish in the speaker’s wish from Hardy’s “Hap”. The speaker claims that if “some vengeful god would call” (1) and … Continue reading

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The Woodlanders: Thoughts on Ending for Grace and Giles

“I am not alone here. I am here with Edgar. It is entirely owing to an accident, father.” Here Grace admits to her Father her taking back of Fitzpiers after everything that happened. For me this is really confusing. Clearly, … Continue reading

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Thoughts Inspired by Hardy’s “Neutral Tones”

The smile on your mouth was the deadest thing Alive enough to have strength to die; And a grin of bitterness swept thereby Like an ominous bird a-wing… This stanza in Hardy’s “Neutral Tones” reminds me of the conversation we … Continue reading

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Nostalgia in Woodlanders

There are many instances of nostalgia in The Woodlanders. The characters are constantly haunted by their pasts. No action is not consequential and no person fails to appear at least twice. Even Percomb appears again at the end of the … Continue reading

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Human Responsibility Amidst Ecological Crisis

“The maximum permissible CO2 limit was crossed just before 1990.” In “Agency at the Time of the Anthropocene” by Bruno Latour, Latour presents this quotation from a piece of news from Le Monde. Latour says people “are supposed to feel … Continue reading

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