Poem introduction

Hardy’s first wife, Emma, died in 1912. It had been in many ways a difficult marriage, but in the months following her death (and for the rest of his life, even after his second marriage) Hardy was invaded by feelings of remorse, and by memories or earlier and happier days. In 1912 and 1913 he wrote a group of 20 or so poems which again and again go back and poignantly retrieve those memories. Among them is 'The Voice'.

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