The Power Of Poetry In Thomas Hardy's Poetry

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Thomas Hardy was an English novelist and poet of the Victorian era. Hardy as a poet was very unique and through his poetry examined the constraints society puts on the lives of individuals and denounces those beliefs. According to W.H Auden “the primary function of poetry as of all the arts, is to make us aware of ourselves and the world around us”. Thus Hardy uses the power of his poetry to represent the commonplace in an extraordinary way this is evident in his poems “Hap”, “To an Unborn Pauper Child”, and The broken appointment” ,which teaches us about mankind’s feelings toward god , the perversity of fate in life and love which are common circumstances in our everyday life. Hardy uses the power of his poem “Hap” to represent mankind’s relationship towards god or a higher unknown force in the commonplace where man blames god for their pain and suffering. The poem represents man’s uncertainty of knowing that his suffering was directed by or the result of some god or force more powerful than he is would be preferable to being subject to blind chance, even if that god or superior force was vengeful and delighted in the speaker's misery. The word "unmerited" in line six describes the speaker's anger, which he would realize was unmerited (i.e. pointless, without purpose) if such a god or force did make itself and its motives known to him. Hardy poem is used as a representation of how man feels when bad events happen in their life as humans believes that everything happens for a reason and is controlled by a higher force. The knowledge or awareness that the speaker's suffering was caused by such a god…show more content…
In the poem “the Unborn Pauper Child” the persona presumably the mother is speaking to the unborn child. She is considering the life the child would live as he is fated to be born in poverty. She has mixed feelings about the child entering the

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