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Suggested tasks for students

Questions on the poem

  1. In your own words, describe the scene which Hardy sets in the opening stanzas.
  2. Hardy deliberately avoids fluidity in some of his poetry. Find evidence of this in stanza 1.
  3. How does Hardy create a storytelling style?
  4. The speaker says that what the pair talked of did not matter. Is there any evidence that it did?
  5. How does Hardy convey the importance of ‘that hill’s story?’
  6. Hardy refers to the permanency of nature. How does he convey this?
  7. Comment on the use of pause in stanza 5. What does it highlight?
  8. How does Hardy create a ghostly atmosphere?
  9. How do the line structures of the closing stanzas reflect the passage of time?
  10. On what note does the poem end?

Areas for discussion

Regret

The passage of time