Thomas Hardy's 'A Trampwoman's Tragedy' and Lord Byron's 'When We Two Parted'

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Lord Byron 's "When we two parted" and Thomas Hardy 's "A Trampwoman 's Tragedy" have in common a lover 's regret for love lost. However, the main narrators in these poems are very different and the circumstances in their poems show a lot about the difference that social class and gender make in the love lives seen in "When we two parted" and "A Trampwoman 's Tragedy". Looking at the tone, narrator gender, and setting of these poems the reader can see how a single general theme, regret over a lost lover, gets explored in very different ways. Both poems are in first person narration which helps lend a higher degree of credibility to the description of the intimate details and emotions. While the poems are in first person, the tone…show more content…
Whose is the child you are like to bear?- His? After all my months o ' care? ' (59-62) She is already pregnant by her lover and not married to him. She loves him but has not married him. Setting plays an important role in both poems. Setting in these poems helps the reader picture and dramatize the events happening. Lord Byron 's poem doesn 't give a specific location but does tell us at what time of day it is: " The dew of the morning / Sunk chill on my brow-" (9-10). It tells the reader it 's morning, so they possibly met in the early morning hours before sunrise to not be seen, and the dew suggests that it 's spring time. Hardy 's poem changes settings several times throughout: "From Wynyard 's Gap the livelong day, / the livelong day, / We beat afoot the northward way" (1-3). They started on a twenty mile hike to take them to: "The inn that beamed thereby" (16). While traveling to these small inns they would stop in a tavern, which is the main tone changing setting of the poem: "The tavern tells the gloomy tale" (73). The tavern is where her lover kills Johnny after her cruel joke. Once everyone has either been killed or passed away she is left to "Haunting the Western Moor." (104) She is alone with no lover, no friends and no child in a mossy graveyard like field to live out the rest of her days. Both Byron 's "When we two parted" and Hardy 's "A Trampwoman 's Tragedy" are about love and the experience

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