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“Hardy’s poetry has a morbid fascination with death” Write about this view. Saturday, 07 June 2014. Consider the title. Write about the view – you are not obliged to agree. MORBID FASCINATION implies an unhealthy obsession Use the introduction to establish your position

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Hardy s poetry has a morbid fascination with death write about this view

“Hardy’s poetry has a morbid fascination with death” Write about this view.

Saturday, 07 June 2014


Consider the title

Consider the title

  • Write about the view – you are not obliged to agree.

  • MORBID FASCINATION implies an unhealthy obsession

  • Use the introduction to establish your position

  • Consider the attitude of an elderly man who is faced by the death of a loved one.

  • Consider the attitude to death seen elsewhere.


Aspects of narrative

Aspects of Narrative.

  • Do not try to write about ALL THE POEMS. Use 3 as main poems, refer to others.

  • Language, settings, attitudes…

  • Focus as much on how Hardy writes as on what he writes – no need to go into narrative mode yourself.


Language

Language

  • Euphemisms – do they suggest fascination or a reluctance to face up to death?

  • Use of death as metaphor, such as in Thrush…

  • Use of abstract ideas such as “haunting” as a normal part of life.


Settings

Settings

  • Emma poems seem to show a normal framework seen through thoughtful eyes.

  • Use of time as a means of linking life and death – Boterel

  • Landscape is personified and Winter used suggesting that Death is a relevant thought – but Thrush sees hope…


Attitudes

Attitudes

  • Hope is seen in the least likely places (Thrush)

  • No conventional Christian afterlife is envisaged.

  • Spirits live on after death in some form – Afterwards suggests a man worried about his legacy and aware of his own mortality.

  • Emma poems show engagement with a grieving process of some sort.


Morbid obsession

Morbid Obsession?

  • Why is he writing about death at all? Consider the context.

  • Is it unhealthy? The idea of the grieving process might suggest the opposite.

  • View about death and the continuation of the soul is potentially positive.


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