by Thomas Hardy
Afterwards Man and the Natural World Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (line)
When the hedgehog travels furtively over the lawn (10)
Here's another unexpected, unusual nature image. The "hedgehog" is moving "furtively," or cautiously, across the grass. It's nighttime – why is it being so cautious? It could connect back to the "dewfall-hawk" of the previous stanza.
Watching the full-starred heavens that winter sees (14)
Wait a minute – "winter" can't "see" anything – it's a season, not a person. It's being personified (go to the "Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay" section for more on that). The neighbors who are "watching" the stars are being subtly, or implicitly, compared to "winter," which also "sees" the stars. So maybe people and nature aren't as separate as they might seem?