The tone of remorse in Thomas’s Hardy’s poetry is firstly present when he refers to God. He blames God for causing him grief and he makes a wish to God he knows wont come true. Furthermore, The type of remorse Hardy evokes is that of lack of faith. Personification is also commonly present in his poems when he refers to Frost, Time, Century, Hope, Orion and Life. Hardy’s speakers feel melancholy and they blame the world for their sadness even if that means accusing inanimate objects. “But Time to make me grieve/Part steals, lets part abide” (Lines 9-10). Thus, by placing responsibility on such subjects like Time and Hope Hardy’s speakers question the very fabric of their existence.
A.E Housman’s sorrow mainly focuses on reminiscing into the past. His poems collectively contain imagery that look into a happier past and compare it to the dim present. Whether it is the memory of love, a place they use to know, the loss of a friend or the loss of youth, Houseman’s speakers cannot help but ponder. Similar to Hardy’s line of Time taking the speakers physical youth while leaving an emotional one, Houseman speaker touches on a similar idea except he uses a memory:
WHEN I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away; (Lines 1-4)