Charles Harper

Modern Poetry 306

 

Edward Thomas seems to be critical and opinionated as well he speaks with a direct tone, as he knows something you don’t. Although this is not different when in compared to most artist. They all fell that you should e invited to their personal truths in someway. There tones are similar in a surface type of way, but when examined closely their perspectives differ slightly. Thomas’ poems A Gentleman and you, Helen display how he chooses to point out the abnormal qualities that the normalcy’s of time posses. In A Gentlemen he points out how people are all criminals of some sort judging others as criminals. It’s a criticism or questioning of what is wrong with the people of the day’s reasoning. And in Helen he is criticizing how women are looked at and what he feels that society displaces them. Thomas’ poems are closer to the subjects than those of Hardy.  In Hardy’s I Said to Love you see he seems to be critical on a wider lens. His poems seem to judge the state of humanity with no chance of redemption. Where as Thomas comments on the time at hand and the problems, Hardy believes it’s too late to redeem anything. The commonality of the two lies where you see they both agree that the front that society puts on is not the truth. Whether it is in the judicial system or the psychology of the society itself. In Hardy’s the circular is an example of the similarities between the two. The poem basically shows how something as simple as a magazine is based on lies and misrepresentation of truth. Housman’s Epitaph On An Army of Mercenaries is an example of what his take on the position of God in comparison that of man. He says that man (Mercenary) has taken the job God abandoned. All three poets share their common outlook that the world  is a sad state , but in all Hardy has the absence of redemption to himself as a quality. Hardy of the three seems to be the apocalyptic poet how believes it can’t ever get any better and that humanity is on the down slope with no hope of resurrection. He gives no correction in his work just observation.

Charles Harper

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