In Neutral Tones, Thomas Hardy looks back on a relationship’s death. The poem’s content, ideas, language and structure are explored. Comparisons and alternative interpretations are also considered.
From what perspective is Neutral Tones written?
What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?
What does the word 'tedious' mean?
Where is there an example of alliteration in the fourth stanza?
'keen lessons that love deceives'
'wrings with wrong'
Why does the rhythm become disrupted right at the end of the poem?
Hardy could not find the right words with the correct number of syllables
Hardy wants to signal the end of the poem to the reader
Hardy is matching what is happening in the structure of the poem to the content (ie the rhythm/relationship is shown breaking down)
The poem begins and ends with the pond. Therefore what word best describes the general structure of the poem?