we Brief Analysis Of Afterwards By Thomas Hardy ~ Naija Poets
The poem "Afterwards" is a poem of season. Thomas Hardy expressed few memorable scenes or eye-saw within different seasons of the year; he mentioned May, winter time, the rainy period, dewfalls and windy dusk, warm and mothy night, etc. 

Thomas Hardy felt all those seasonal changes and their accomplices are earth mysteries which led to the rhetorical questions in stanza four and five. Such rhetorical questions reveal the thoughts which propelled the poet into creatively carving the poem: "Will this thought rise on those who will meet my face no more/ 'He was one who had an eye for such mysteries'?"

It is no doubt that whenever a poet wants to leave his/her thoughts everlasting in the heart of the readers, rhetorical questions are embraced but other figurative that beautified the poem are imageries (a lot of them) "Delicate-filmed" "nocturnal darkness" "the wind-warped upland thorn" "When the hedgehog travels furtively over the lawn". There is simile in line 3 "green leaves like wings" in line 5 "like an eyelid's soundless blink," in line 19 "as they were a new bell's boom". Alliterations "May month" "wind-warped" "a new bell's boom". Structurally, the poem has a rhyme scheme of ABABCDCD although the lines lacked in static metric count, the poem has five stanzas of quatrain to make a total of twenty lines.

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

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