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Background and theme

Background details

Many of Hardy’s love poems convey a sense of retrospect and missed opportunities in life.

What the poem is about

This is a memory poem. Hardy, the speaker has taken a walk years ago and remembers himself with “a girlish form benighted”. During the poem the speaker evaluates the conversation between his lover and himself as they climbed the hill. In stanza 4, he reflects on the impact of a story which can be traced back millions of years. The poem is pessimistic in its outlook; time grinds on unrelentingly.