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Suggested tasks for students

Questions on the poem

  1. Describe the scene which Hardy creates in the opening lines.
  2. Comment on the dramatic language the speaker uses in the first section.
  3. What does Hardy personify, and to what effect?
  4. How does the poet suggest the significance of the moment in the second section?
  5. What does the final line mean? What are ‘Earth-secrets’?

Areas for discussion

A morality poem, suggesting that we should not assume one view is the right one

The nature of survival (remember that in evolutionary terms, insects are a great success story)

Appreciation of nature