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Suggested tasks for students

Questions on the poem

  1. Describe the scene which Hardy creates in the opening stanza.
  2. What does Hardy compare the swallows to?
  3. Explain how Hardy repeats phrases and to what effect.
  4. How is the ‘moor-hen’ presented?
  5. How does Hardy create a sense of despondency and boredom?
  6. In some of his poetry Hardy seeks to avoid fluidity and smoothness. How does he achieve this through his choice of language?
  7. In the final stanza, contrast the second line with the final line.
  8. Does the poem end on a note of regret? Give reasons for your answer.

Areas for discussion

The significance of John Lennon’s words: ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’

Missed opportunities