Even though the general theme, the loss of love, is the same, many features such as tone, imagery, language and rhyme scheme differ from each other. What is obvious though is the meaning of individual words. The cruel reality of this poem is we never really learn what has caused this heightened level of angst and fury.
Since then, keen lessons that love deceives, And wrings with wrong, have shaped to me Your face, and the God curst sun, and a tree, And a pond edged with grayish leaves. Some other essay questions to think about: In the poem Neutral Tones, how convinced are you that the speaker is 'neutral' in their feelings?
Margaret Drabble, editor and novelist, cites the novel as "the first of Thomas Hardy's great novels, and the first to sound the tragic note for which his fiction is best remembered" Hardy xiii. However, most striking, is the change of mood of the literature from that of optimism and expansion of the 19th century, to that of early 20th century's "pessimism, sadness, and gravity" Agatucci, He uses in-specific determiners like "a few" and "some" to show that he did not care enough to count, or remember the details - or perhaps the memory is too painful for him to try to remember the details?
The third stanza was the hardest to write about simply because there was not much to say.