A Wife in London by Thomas Hardy GCSE

A Wife in London by Thomas Hardy GCSE

A Wife in London by Thomas Hardy GCSE English Literature Poetry TRAGEDY AND IRONY Using a dictionary look up and define, in your book, the words Tragedy and Irony. Look back at the letter and telegram. Which is the tragedy? Can you think of any way that the receipt of these letters could be ironic? GCSE English Literature Poetry

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) GCSE English Literature Poetry English novelist and poet Critical of much in Victorian society Interested in social reform Felt socially inferior and believed that social class held people back Many of his poems deal with themes of disappointment in love and life

What is this poem about? In this poem a wife is waiting at home in London for news of her husband who is fighting in South Africa in the Boer War. Fog is filling the London streets when there is a knock at the door and a messenger arrives with news GCSE English Literature Poetry LANGUAGE A messenger's knock cracks smartly, Flashed news is in her hand Of meaning it dazes to understand

Though shaped so shortly: He--has fallen--in the far South Land How do the words used here help us to understand the impact of the news on this woman? What kind of news is this? GCSE English Literature Poetry LANGUAGE Why is it relevant that London is foggy when the woman receives this news? What do you think the fog represents? GCSE English Literature Poetry

I The Tragedy Why would the fog be She sits in the tawny vapour bad around river? That the Thames-side lanesthe have uprolled, Behind whose webby fold-on-fold What it the effect of

this The street-lamp glimmers cold.description gettin ? g small Like a waning taper GCSE English Literature Poetry I The Tragedy What technique is this? What

does it make us think of? A messenger's knock cracks smartly, How is the Flashed news in her hand shock of the news Of meaning it dazes to understand emphasise d in this Though shaped so shortly: stanza? Hehe has fallenin the far South

Land Why does Hardy use an elipsis here? GCSE English Literature Poetry II The IRONY Is there more than one possible meaning here? 'Tis the morrow; the fog hangs thicker, The postman nears and goes:

A letter is brought whose lines disclose By the firelight flicker Can knows: you see His hand, whom the worm now Technique? Effect? GCSE English Literature Poetry a rhyming pattern across the

II The IRONY What do you think this phrase means? Fresh -- firm--penned in highest feather -Page-full of his hoped return, And of home-planned jaunts by brake and burn In the summer weather, And of new love that they would learn. Why is it important that this stanza end with a full stop?

GCSE English Literature Poetry Think for yourself What is the significance of the weather in the poem? Which is the most horrific image in the poem? How does it contrast to the euphamism he has fallen? Explain how the poet uses techniques to show the impact of the telegram on the woman? How does Hardy set the mood in the first stanza? GCSE English Literature Poetry Writing about it Point

The poet uses the fog in London to emphasise how the woman feels trapped in her grief having received the news of her husbands death. Evidence Technique Explanation Reader (effect on) GCSE English Literature Poetry Writing about it The poet uses the fog in London to emphasise how the woman feels trapped in her grief having received the news of her husbands death. The fog is described as webby in the first stanza. In the third stanza we are told the fog hangs thicker.

Technique Explanation Reader (effect on) GCSE English Literature Poetry Writing about it The poet uses the fog in London to emphasise how the woman feels trapped in her grief having received the news of her husbands death. The fog is described as webby in the first stanza. In the third stanza we are told the fog hangs thicker. This could be a metaphor for the way that her grief has surrounded her, as the fog has surrounded London. Explanation Reader (effect on)

GCSE English Literature Poetry Writing about it The poet uses the fog in London to emphasise how the woman feels trapped in her grief having received the news of her husbands death. The fog is described as webby in the first stanza. In the third stanza we are told the fog hangs thicker. This could be a metaphor for her grief, having received the news of her husbands death. Hardy seems to be suggesting that her grief has surrounded her, as the fog has surrounded London. She is trapped in her grief. This links to the idea in the first stanza of the fog being like a web. Reader (effect on)

GCSE English Literature Poetry Writing about it The poet uses the fog in London to emphasise how the woman feels trapped in her grief having received the news of her husbands death. The fog is described as webby in the first stanza. In the third stanza we are told the fog hangs thicker. This could be a metaphor for her grief, having received the news of her husbands death. Hardy seems to be suggesting that her grief has surrounded her, as the fog has surrounded London. She is trapped in her grief. This links to the idea in the first stanza of the fog being like a web. This leaves the reader with a gloomy sense that this woman is isolated by her grief. It is even more poignant, then, when in this third stanza she received a letter from her dead

husband. Hardy seems to be reminding us of the awful ironies there sometimes are in life. GCSE English Literature Poetry Think for yourself What is the significance of the weather to the poem? Which is the most horrific image in the poem? How does it contrast to the euphamism he has fallen? Explain how the poet uses techniques to show the impact of the telegram on the woman? How does Hardy set the mood in the first stanza? GCSE English Literature Poetry

London fog Read the extract you have been given. You need to answer the following questions (these are similar to the exam questions you will be given). How can the writer tell that people are unhappy in the fog? What do we learn from the extract about the what it is like to be in the fog? You should write about: The things that the fog is compared to; The words the writer uses to describe the fog.

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