Thomas hardy, the son of a stonemason, was born in dorset, england, on june 2, 1840 he trained as an architect and worked in london and dorset for ten years. The ruined maid by thomas hardy and cousin kate by christina rosetti the poems that i studied are 'the ruined maid' by thomas hardy and 'cousin kate' by christina rosetti 'the ruined maid' was published in 1901, and 'cousin kate' in 1879. The ruined maid references two such young women the first young woman looks at the character melia and is enamored of her glamorous trappings, her refinement and her life she has no idea that she is admiring the life of a prostitute.
A secondary school revision resource for gcse english literature about thomas hardy's poem, the ruined maid. The ruined maid by thomas hardy about this poet one of the most renowned poets and novelists in english literary history, thomas hardy was born in 1840 in the english. The ruined maid is a dialogue between two women who bump into each other in the street the first to speak is an unnamed woman, who comments on 'melia's (short for amelia's) new clothes and look (she seems cleaner, more elegant, etc) as the poem continues, the woman comments on the way 'melia.
The title of the poem does not say which maid is ruined - they both are in a sense the tone of the poem is light hearted - it is a casual conversation between friends the first speaker, does not seem to understand the true nature of 'melia. The ruined maid is a satirical poem by thomas hardy it was written in 1866 but first published, in a slightly bowdlerized form, in poems of the past and the present (1901. In the poem the ruined maid, two girls who once worked together on a farm meet up, and what follows is how their lives have diverged one of the girls still works on the farm, but the other turned to a life of prostitution, or is considered ruined. Thanks for watching please subscribe and then keep revising: register for hundreds of free videos covering english, maths and science for gcse and a-level r. Discussion of themes and motifs in thomas hardy's the ruined maid enotes critical analyses help you gain a deeper understanding of the ruined maid so you can excel on your essay or test.
Thomas hardy has a unique way of standing up for women through this poem, such as in this poem the ruined maidas a victorian man, hardy knew the harsh double standard that was placed on men and women. In the ruined maid, thomas hardy uses dramatic dialogue between two women who used to work together on a farm the speaker, who still works at the farm, runs into an old friend named amelia the speaker immediately notices a vast difference in amelia and is obviously envious of her appearance, language, and wealth. the ruined maidthe topic of the ruined maid is a dialogue conversation between two women who have met on the off chance in town, one of which has been ruinedthroughout the poem the narrator praises the ruined maid on her appearance and how her life has seemed to improve since leaving the farm.
This video considers the language and concerns of the poet thomas hardy in the ruined maid. The ruined maid by thomas hardy is about a woman who used to live a casual, normal life she was raised on a farm and lived a poor lifestyle before she was ruined the poem describes being ruined as receiving good things and a fabulous lifestyle. The ruined maid was written by thomas hardy in 1866 this poem has six stanzas, which consists of four quatrains each in the beginning of each stanza the farm girl speaks, and 'melia, the ruined girl speaks just for the last line however for the last stanza 'melia begins to respond to the farm girl from the second to last line. Thomas hardy - the ruined maid (analysis) - download as pdf file (pdf), text file (txt) or read online stylistic analysis of the ruined maid by thomas hardy stylistic analysis of the ruined maid by thomas hardy.