Thomas Hardy

(2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 / Dorchester / England)

A Broken Appointment - Poem by Thomas Hardy

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 about A Broken Appointment by Thomas Hardy

  • Michael Walker (1/16/2020 9:18:00 PM)

    A very well constructed, patterned love poem.He admits that he, an older man,
    loved a younger woman but he was stood up. 'You did not come'.
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  • Kingsley Egbukole (11/27/2019 11:44:00 PM)

    A touching poem of disappointment from a loved one. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/27/2019 10:23:00 PM)

    Marvelous picturization of the longing and state of mind of a one sided love while waiting for a look at the beloved hoping she will turn up and keep the unsolicited appointment. (Report)Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (11/27/2019 9:52:00 PM)

    I recommend Hardy's novel " Jude The Obscure" IF you like/don't mind depressing circumstances. A PH friend suggested i read it and i did, several years ago.

    bri

    :)
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  • Bri Edwards (11/27/2019 9:50:00 PM)

    She probably had an automobile accident; well a horse and carriage accident in Hardy's days perhaps. She's ONLY a woman! ! ! What did you expect? ! !

    bri

    :)))))))))))
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  • Jez Burl (11/27/2019 10:47:00 AM)

    A wonderful rendition of feelings of a love unreciprocated...Alas, the feeling isn't mutual. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/27/2019 10:00:00 AM)

    So beautifully this poem is composed by Thomas Hardy. I appreciate it. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/27/2019 9:05:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful poem! ! Like to read again and again. Loved it. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (11/27/2019 3:30:00 AM)

    You love not me,
    And love alone can lend you loyalty; // wow fabulous expression
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  • Aniruddha Pathak (11/27/2019 12:40:00 AM)

    A Broken Appointment,
    You did not come for, you did not love, fine...
    but I'm still disappointed...
    for, heart has reasons of which head can't appreciate.
    lovely indeed...
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  • (7/25/2019 10:31:00 AM)

    my,life (Report)Reply

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  • (4/22/2019 8:21:00 PM)

    I am disappointed, not that you don’t love me,
    but that you are not the kind of person who,
    in spite of not loving me,
    in spite of having lost the accidental loyalty of deep feeling,
    would give up just an hour of yours, worth so little in itself,
    in order to bring out the true value of compassion at its most human,
    which is that it is not so fickle or selective, not so irresponsible,
    as love.
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  • (6/28/2018 8:54:00 AM)

    So simple but heart touching (Report)Reply

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  • (5/13/2018 1:09:00 AM)

    This poem revels many secret of life. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/15/2018 2:03:00 AM)

    Best perception of grief. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/14/2015 1:04:00 PM)

    .......so heartbreaking to discover one does not love thee ★ (Report)Reply

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  • Rajesh Thankappan (3/29/2015 7:28:00 AM)

    The poets revolt is against the insensitivity of the lady in question and her lack of compassion for another human being. (Report)Reply

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  • Juan Olivarez (5/12/2011 5:12:00 PM)

    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. (Report)Reply

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  • Claudia Krizay (5/12/2011 4:03:00 PM)

    clumsy indeed- I agree- hurray for Kevin Straw's opinion! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (5/12/2010 3:17:00 AM)

    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! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 21, 2006


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