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Suggested tasks for students

Questions on the poem

  1. How does Hardy create the dismal conditions of the autumn fair?
  2. Hardy repeats line structures in lines 2 and 4. What is the effect of this?
  3. Comment on the language which Hardy uses to describe the auctioneer’s book.
  4. Comment on the similes used to describe the sodden dampness of the ewes.
  5. How does the line structure of line 3 in the second stanza reflect the cramped conditions the ewes are kept in?
  6. In the postscript, how does Hardy convey a passage of time?
  7. The dismal and depressing tone of the poem is continued. How is this conveyed?

Area for discussion

The hardships of rural life