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A Meeting With Despair

Rating: 2.8
AS evening shaped I found me on a moor
Which sight could scarce sustain:
The black lean land, of featureless contour,
Was like a tract in pain.

"This scene, like my own life," I said, "is one
Where many glooms abide;
Toned by its fortune to a deadly dun--
Lightless on every side.
I glanced aloft and halted, pleasure-caught
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A beautiful poem and despair seems to be the theme.
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Douglas Scotney 05 July 2013
Total dead spot. Not there. There. Get outa there.
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Paul Brookes 05 July 2012
Chillingly eerie and atmospheric. Great description of despair and hopelessness. Yet is there redemption and hope? This the poet leaves us to decide.
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Really awesome piece of work... I recommend to read all the works by Thomas Hardy to be read will the same passion that we show for William Shakesphere and William Wordsworth and any other poet of the Classics, then only we will be able to know the real depth of the thought of this poet.
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Joseph Poewhit 05 July 2010
Despair, is the right word. Going from a dark form, into the black abyss of infinity.
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Manonton Dalan 05 July 2010
dull moment glimmer of hope soon darkness also absorb why happiness last in seconds to make us strive more...guess
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Ramesh T A 05 July 2010
A poem built on pensive mood has no chance of redemption in anyway has been well weaved here!
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Michael Pruchnicki 05 July 2009
And just what is Hardy's best effort - his most 'fragrant' piece? Some of the comments border on the utterly absurd, but let's leave that for another day! Identify the figures of speech first of all! Is PERSONIFICATION one of Hardy's figures? You agree that DESPAIR is an abstraction, a human condition that afflicts the SPEAKER, who is not necessarily the poet himself, sometimes called a PERSONA for the sake of analysis? What is the overall MOOD? What devices does Hardy use to invoke that MOOD? Answer these questions before you jump to conclusions, which may be correct or not, but a discerning reader on a site allegedly devoted to poetry must make such distinctions, do you not agree?
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Pretty gloomy, not Hardy's greatest effort, has produced much fragrant pieces.
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Molaire Jules 05 July 2007
A classic poet
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