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by Thomas Hardy

Afterwards Questions

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  1. Why are there so many made-up compound words, like "Delicate-filmed" (3) and "dewfall-hawk (6) and "wind-warped" (7)?
  2. How might this poem have been influenced by the greater context of World War I?
  3. This poem relies on a lot of natural images, like the "hedgehog" (10) and the "glad green leaves" (2), so we usually call it a nature poem. Is it possible to read parts of it as supernatural?
  4. Is the tone of the imagined dialogue of the speaker's neighbors different from the tone of the rest of the poem? How so? Why do you think that is?
  5. How does the speaker wish to be remembered? How would you want to be remembered, if you were writing your own "Afterwards"?

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