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Poet’s use of language

  • Hardy sets the scene using a dramatic phrase:‘On this scene enter–’
  • Hardy concentrates all of time here ‘in this still place’ to magnify the importance of the encounter
  • The insects are compared to ‘guests’
  • Hardy uses dialect such as ‘Dumbledore’ rather than bumblebee
  • Personification of the fly as it ‘idly stands’
  • Characterisation of the insects
  • Humanisation of small creatures
  • Syntax used to slow the pace of the poem
  • Varied rhyme scheme suggests a change in perspective: stanza 1 is descriptive while stanza 2 is reflective
  • The poem ends on a double perspective: the guests (insects) are a nuisance, yet ‘They know Earth-secrets that know not I’