02 June 2019

2nd June 1840 - Thomas Hardy born

On the 2nd June 1840 Thomas Hardy, the novelist and poet, was born.

In Thomas Hardy's poetry we sometimes sense bereavement and longing and delusion. The Voice was written after the death of Emma. They had been estranged in life, but after her death Hardy writes many poems about her and his feeling of regret, guilt, nostalgia, and longing. The feelings are so strong that it deludes his senses into thinking he sees her again. This and similar poems can often help people who have experienced something similar themselves. Often it is very difficult for us to let go to something that is gone. It can become all pervading.

The Voice

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.

Thomas Hardy (All Rights Reserved)

Thankyou to the NY Times On This Day for the date.

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