In Time Of “The Breaking Of Nations”. Thomas Hardy. A heavy fame with teeth dragged over ploughed land . . Showing the apparent insignificance . Harrowing also means distress and pain , torturing etc . . lump of soil. Maybe the person he works with is away fighting .
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Showing the apparent insignificance
Harrowing also means distress and pain , torturing etc.
lump of soil
Maybe the person he works with is away fighting
Sybilance,soft and slow beginning of the poem. Shows the tiredness the man feels perhaps regarding the Franco- pursia waror with life.Only a man harrowing clodsIn a slow silent walk
Using and old horse could imply all the young horses have gone to war, have to make use of what supplies they have
With an old horse that stumbles and nods
Half asleep as they stalk.
“Stumbles” could imply that there is weight on the shoulders of the horse and farmer
The word “stalk” makes a contradiction so therefore oxymoronic to the idea of tiredness. We imagine them as predators to the land.
Emphasises how tired they are. Stumbles is onomatopoeic.
From the heaps of couch-grass;
In terms of literal meaning it could be he is burning weeds he has pulled up from the field.
Repetition of only for the second stanza could highlight his idea of apparent insignificance
The flame could be the war itself (Franco-Prussian war) and the smoke is the aftermath of a battle which he is not really affected by however its still there.
We think that the link between the Franco- Prussian war and farmers is because the French ruler was popular among the farming community
Yet this will go onwards the same
Though dynasties pass.
Succession of rulers from the same family maintaining rulers from the same family
The farming industry will stay the same even though politics and leadership changes
Go whispering by:
Knight/lover, could imply a soldier in the war
Contrasting the war with the idea of lovers.
We thought whispering could be like propaganda, secretive and it turns the idea of lovers into something cynical.
We thought it could also mean that some things were being hidden from the civilians/ farmers during this war.
War’s annals will cloud into night
Ere their story die.
On the other hand it could mean love will outlive any war.
This brings a hopeful end to a cynical poem , we could also be interpreted as personal to Hardy and could represent the struggles and battles in his marriage to Emma because the time it was written was just as their marriage began to fail .