A Broken Appointment Poem by Thomas Hardy

A Broken Appointment

Rating: 3.2


You did not come,
And marching Time drew on, and wore me numb.
Yet less for loss of your dear presence there
Than that I thus found lacking in your make
That high compassion which can overbear
Reluctance for pure lovingkindness' sake
Grieved I, when, as the hope-hour stroked its sum,
You did not come.

You love not me,
And love alone can lend you loyalty;
-I know and knew it. But, unto the store
Of human deeds divine in all but name,
Was it not worth a little hour or more
To add yet this: Once you, a woman, came
To soothe a time-torn man; even though it be
You love not me.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Juan Olivarez 12 May 2011

The poem is an excellent example of a man with a terrible disappointment over the unkept appointment. All his feelings seem to come to the forefront and he starts to question himself. And also Kevin Straw wrote this opinion last year, and he never said it was not a good poem, he just thought Hardy's approach was clumsy. At least it was an honorable and honest opinion. Unlike others who can't seem to come up with their own.

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Claudia Krizay 12 May 2011

clumsy indeed- I agree- hurray for Kevin Straw's opinion! ! ! !

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Kevin Straw 12 May 2009

There is something clumsy about Hardy's style: 'Yet less for loss of your dear presence there Than that I thus found lacking in your make That high compassion which can overbear Reluctance for pure lovingkindness' sake Grieved I, when, as the hope-hour stroked its sum, You did not come.' E.G. 'Grieved I' comes much too late. Also is 'thus' right? He makes it refer to the substance of what he found, when it should refer to the manner of his finding.

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Ramesh T A 12 May 2010

Egoistic man's nature is well depicted in this poem! Thomas Hardy is expressing strong flaw of man in this poem too as in all his famous novels!

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Michael Smith 12 May 2008

point blank there is nothing but beauty of words in this poem!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 November 2021

A poem of deep sadness of an unkept appointment by the great poet Thomas Hardy 5 Stars full True marvelous Classic Poem Of The Day

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Esselebor Ebhojie 13 November 2021

I can sense the ache and longing that makes affection a sweet desire

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Chinedu Dike 12 November 2021

Powerfully and movingly brought forth from the heart. A masterful creation.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 12 November 2021

I have already read, voted and taken this flawless poem to my favourite. Great ink!

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 12 November 2021

A powerful and deeply touching poem. Well crafted.

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