the town, and using the adjective air-blue to describe his lost loves dress. Oozing thin is also somewhat onomatopoeic and suggests that the wind is creeping or flowing like water, but slowly, perhaps hardly there, perhaps given the next sentence, I hear the woman calling carrying the aura of the speakers lost love. Is this a ghost poem, or a poem of auditory hallucination? However this rhetorical question could again be aimed either at himself, or at his loves fading memory or ghostly presence. He dwells on his loss, using alliteration in the first line, much missed, to refer to his feelings for her; and on his imaginings of her, shown by the use of repetition in the phrase, how you call to me, call. He repeats the idea of his memory or fantasy of her being the way she was when they first met, the second stanzas as I knew you then, echoing the first stanzas the one who was all to me, as at first. For more discussion of Hardys work, see our analysis of his heartfelt poem about the death of his first wife, our thoughts on his classic poem Afterwards, and our discussion of his Neutral Tones. In the first stanza, the speaker looks back at his relationship. To go in search of more of Hardys poetry, we recommend. When you had changed from the one who was all to me, But as at first, when our day was fair. In the fourth and last stanza, the speaker is he was in the beginning, alone, trying to move on with his life, or as he puts it, faltering forward. However it is not the actual woman he can hear calling to him, but a fantasy of how their relationship was when they were first together and happy, or when our day was fair.
In the third stanza, halfway through the poem, the speaker comes back to reality, breaking his dream state by talking about more prosaic, real-life things: is it only a breeze? But originally Hardy had not written wan wistlessness but existlessness, which would have lost us the alliteration (which is so integral to the poem throughout) but also the sense of Emmas death as something more than a mere loss of existence, but, additionally, a loss. He wonders about the breeze, describing its passage over the wet mead, which serves the dual purpose of bringing the speaker back to reality as he slowly lets go of his illusion, while the adjective wet adds to the generally depressing air and forms.
(The later years of their marriage would not be so bright.). This demonstrates that the speaker is alone and lonely; choosing to speak to a ghost and revel in fantasies of hearing her voice, rather than interacting with other people. Wo man much missed how you call to me call to me whereby each foot comprises three syllables, the first of which is stressed, followed by two unstressed syllables. But does he really hear her, or is he merely deluded is it no more than the sound of the soft wind blowing across the wet meadow? Which may be a rhetorical question, or may literally be aimed at the voice he imagines he hears.