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The Voice

The Voice

by Thomas Hardy

The Voice Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Do you think that the ghost of the woman is real? Or is the voice just in the speaker's head? 
  2. Do you think of "The Voice" as a love poem? Why or why not? 
  3. How important is Hardy's biography in your interpretation of "The Voice"? Would you have a different understanding if you didn't know about his dead wife?
  4. How so? 
  5. How would you describe the time frame of the poem? How do different moments in time (present, recent past, distant past) play out in the poem? 
  6. Does the speaker figure out how to mourn for someone he no longer loves? Is there a solution to this problem in the poem ?
  7. What is the effect of the poem's rhymes and meter on its content? 
  8. Why do you think that the poem changes its form in the last stanza?

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