Thomas Hardy

(2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 / Dorchester / England)

A Meeting With Despair


AS evening shaped I found me on a moor
Which sight could scarce sustain:
The black lean land, of featureless contour,
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Comments about this poem (A Meeting With Despair by Thomas Hardy )

  • Gold Star - 24,737 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/5/2014 10:12:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem and despair seems to be the theme. (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,853 Points Douglas Scotney (7/5/2013 9:01:00 PM)

    Total dead spot. Not there. There. Get outa there. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 655 Points Paul Brookes (7/5/2012 3:36:00 AM)

    Chillingly eerie and atmospheric. Great description of despair and hopelessness. Yet is there redemption and hope? This the poet leaves us to decide. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jerônimo Enriquez João II (7/5/2010 9:26:00 AM)

    Really awesome piece of work... I recommend to read all the works by Thomas Hardy to be read will the same passion that we show for William Shakesphere and William Wordsworth and any other poet of the Classics, then only we will be able to know the real depth of the thought of this poet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 26 Points Joseph Poewhit (7/5/2010 8:49:00 AM)

    Despair, is the right word. Going from a dark form, into the black abyss of infinity. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 233 Points Manonton Dalan (7/5/2010 6:06:00 AM)

    dull moment glimmer of hope
    soon darkness also absorb
    why happiness last in seconds
    to make us strive more...guess (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 585 Points Ramesh T A (7/5/2010 2:02:00 AM)

    A poem built on pensive mood has no chance of redemption in anyway has been well weaved here! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (7/5/2009 9:05:00 AM)

    And just what is Hardy's best effort - his most 'fragrant' piece? Some of the comments border on the utterly absurd, but let's leave that for another day!

    Identify the figures of speech first of all! Is PERSONIFICATION one of Hardy's figures? You agree that DESPAIR is an abstraction, a human condition that afflicts the SPEAKER, who is not necessarily the poet himself, sometimes called a PERSONA for the sake of analysis? What is the overall MOOD? What devices does Hardy use to invoke that MOOD? Answer these questions before you jump to conclusions, which may be correct or not, but a discerning reader on a site allegedly devoted to poetry must make such distinctions, do you not agree? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (7/5/2007 8:33:00 AM)

    Pretty gloomy, not Hardy's greatest effort, has produced much fragrant pieces. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mo. (7/5/2007 12:31:00 AM)

    A classic poet (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 47 Points Linda Hepner (7/5/2005 10:35:00 PM)

    It has reminders of The Raven. Despair is so much more horrible if the Creator is treating it a joke. (Report) Reply



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