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A Wife In London
By Thomas Hardy
By Juan and Francisco
-He was born on June 2, 1840, and died on January 11, 1928. He was an English
novelist and poet.
-He was part of the movement naturalism
-He did not go to war
-His wife died in 1912
“A Wife In London”
The title uses this words to show and portray to the reader the feeling of
loneliness. the use of the word “Wife” is commonly used when a presence of a
husband, but in this case the author, Thomas Hardy, uses “Wife” to show the lack
The phrase in london, is used in the title to show, the fact that she is lost, in the
middle of nowhere, alone waiting every day for her husband to come back from
Alliteration: It is generally used to make a poem's imagery more vivid.
A)``fold on fold´´: It is used in the poem to envelopes the sound that evokes a spider's
web and it also describes that the fog of London have a spidery quality.(``Behind whose
webby fold on fold´´).
B)``shaped so short´´: Is used to emphasizes on the ``shortness´´ of the message and
that it is difficult to understand.
Irony:``A letter is brought whose lines disclose
By the firelight flicker
In this quote we can see that irony is present as the husband send a letter to her wife
saying he can see both of them in the future together but in the end he died.
``Tis the morrow; the fog hangs thicker,´´:
We think that the fog represents the sadness or the stress of the wife. As her
husband died her hopes have disappeared.
`` Page-full of his hoped return,´´
In this quote the husband talks about his return and both of them being together.
The husband brought happiness to her wife giving her the satisfaction
that her husband has been thinking about her.
Theme and Tone
Theme: “A Wife in London” is an anti-war poem that seeks to illuminate the
absurdity and tragedy that go arm-in-arm with violent conflict.
Tone: The tone of the poem in the first stanza is menacing, also The mood is bleak
and dark. In the second stanza, the play gives a magic turn, having a little of hope
setting in place: The poem is set in London in December of 1899, during the Boer
Conexion with another poem
"Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen.
This poem can relate to “A Wife In London”, because it connects the most important characteristic
of both poems.
"Dulce et Decorum est" and “A Wife In London” are two poems that the main topic is war. They
both are anti war. "Dulce et Decorum est" is a poem that tells the experience of the writer in war. In
this poem we can clearly see how war affected him. Owen with his friend Siegfried Sassoon they
both made and share opinions of how horrible war is. In both poems they talk about how people
get injured and how people die in battles.