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One of the main differences in tone that I picked up from reading Hardy’s poetry is he does not write with so much concern of the “I” or about the self.  For example in “Hap”, the first line reveals the first subject brought to the reader, and it is “vengeful god”.  The poem only brings in the self, along with it burden and death.  “Then would I bear it, clench myself, and die,” (5).  And even in “Neutral Tones”, the first line introduces the “we” instead.  “We stood by a pond that winter day,” (1).  The reason for this is because Hardy’s main focus is not writing on matters that effect the individual self.  Instead he focuses on a larger scale, and often uses the “I” as a synecdoche to represent every person in his abandoned world.  “You did not come,” (A Broken Appointment 1).  The conversational tone implies “I”.  This effects the tone because he is speaking towards a specific listener, often in his case, God, and seems to speak with a prideful sorrow.  He speaks of abandonment, cold embracement, and death.  Hardy’s tone is not the same embracingt tone Housman’s poem “To an Athlete Dying Young” suggests.  Instead, it is a non-debatable statement of his reality.  Not hope, but life and the persistence through it.  “An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,/ In blast-beruffled plume,/ Had chosen thus to fling his soul/ Upon the growing gloom.”  (The Darkling Thrush 21-24)

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