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Figurative language is used when a piece of writing or speech departs from its literal meaning in order to obtain a different meaning or a special effect A poem can unfold its true meaning through images imagery a pattern of images symbols and symbolism and metaphor The great poet Thomas Hardy 1840-1928 mastered the craft of figurative language Hardys two poems The Drummer Lodge and The Voice are two examples of how a poet or writer can convey different ideas and aspects of life through figurative language In each of these poems Hardy depicts sadness due to death In the Drummer Lodge its an unfamiliar death by way of war to a young soldier In the Voice its a familiar person who has died and the protagonist presumably Hardy hopes it is his lost love In the Drummer Lodge a young soldier dies in war The war is heartrending and brutal The poem is written in a manner in which there is a sense of urgency The boy is thrown into his burial sit uncoffined-just a found There was no time for a proper burial He is thrown in and not lowered like in a traditional funeral Also the soldiers cant stand around and wait since theyre on enemy territory The reader knows it is not territory familiar to the buried soldier Hodge because Hardy uses words like foreign constellations unknown plain and strange-eyed constellation Hardy uses words which are foreign to an English reader in order to convey that this is not familiar territory for anyone involved Although the content is simplistic the phrases that he uses are not This makes the reader feel empathy for the young soldiers death and unfamiliarity with the situation and terrain 2 Similarly the Voice also has a saddened theme The voice is the voice of the protagonists loved one who died The poem is in first person and the lost love is attempting to speak to
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