Comparison Of The Voice And The Going Thomas Hardy

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I am going to provide a comparison of two of his poems, ‘The Going’ and ‘The Voice’. I chose these two poems as I believe they both share a close association, they were both written shortly after the unexpected death of his wife, Emma in 1912. Both poems are extremely personal and powerful in exploring the guilt he feels about the unhappy marriage him and his wife shared before her death. Both poems are written in first person, Hardy evidently being the speaker. In ‘The Going’, he uses a monologue style, in my opinion addressing Emma. He constantly questions her throughout the poem hoping to receive a response. Unlike ‘The Voice’ where Hardy imagines Emma trying to communicate with him, he imagines hearing Emma talking to him, but he still is unsure whether it’s her voice he is in fact hearing. ‘Why did you give no hint that night’, Hardy questions his wife in ‘The Going’. He tries to find reasons that led to their failed marriage and how it was possible she didn’t inform him, ‘Of the perspective sickens me! We see him attempting to understand the events building up to her death, trying to come to terms with what happened. The constant use of the word ‘why’ repeated alternately in each stanza, gives readers the idea that Hardy genuinely was in disbelief that he was so unaware that his wife was unwell. He feels guilty and regrets how he was so oblivious, trying to remember back to the latter years of their marriage, if there was anything that could explain how this happened. In contrast to ‘The Voice’, here the words ‘call to me, call to me’ are used referring to his wife in fact calling and talking to him. Hardy uses several narrative techniques in ‘The Going’ as he tells the story of their relationship, asking Emma why she did not alert him to her sudden death, ‘Never to bid good-bye’, not even having the chance to say good bye to her. ‘No soul
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