AT CASTLE BOTEREL
By Natalia Berg, Ella Brown, Kayleigh Horner-Hughes, Tom Johnson & Marc Walsh
SUMMARY

 Hardy is driving down a road in Cornwall and is recalling an event
which took place there between himself and E...
CONTEXT

 Written during March 1913 when Hardy visited Cornwall after the
death of his wife.

 Castle Boterel is Boscatl...
As I drive to the junction of lane and highway,
     And the drizzle bedrenches the waggonette,
I look behind at the fadin...
Myself and a girlish form benighted
    In dry March weather. We climb the road
Beside a chaise. We had just alighted
    ...
How setting is created in ‘At Castle Boterel’


         SETTING
DRIVING

 Entire stanza emphasises the lonesome drive and also how Hardy
is now on his own.

 “I look behind at the fadi...
USE OF WEATHER

 Stanza One               –     Describes how the “drizzle bedrenches
                                 th...
How characters are created in ‘At Castle Boterel’


    CHARACTERS
NARRATOR (HARDY)

 Shows Hardy as quite an emotional man.
     • Use of Pathetic Fallacy
     • “drizzle bedrenches the w...
EMMA

 We are not informed that she has died, however the pain that
Hardy is showing does suggest it.
     • “Never again...
STRUCTURE
 “Distinctly yet‟ is on its own, making it literally distinct.
 “Fading byway” suggests how we are fading into...
VO I C E / N A R R AT I V E P E R S P E C T I V E

 The poem is told by Thomas Hardy
 Recollection of an event from the ...
THEMES
 Longing – He wants to be with Emma again.

 Redemption – He wants to make right of the past, so he tries to
reme...
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At Castle Boterel

  1. 1. AT CASTLE BOTEREL By Natalia Berg, Ella Brown, Kayleigh Horner-Hughes, Tom Johnson & Marc Walsh
  2. 2. SUMMARY  Hardy is driving down a road in Cornwall and is recalling an event which took place there between himself and Emma 40 years before.  The poem opens in the present with Hardy driving to the junction of a road with drizzle falling.  He then fades into reminiscing about what happened between him and Emma.
  3. 3. CONTEXT  Written during March 1913 when Hardy visited Cornwall after the death of his wife.  Castle Boterel is Boscatle about a mile from St. Juliot.  This is where Emma lived when she first met Hardy.
  4. 4. As I drive to the junction of lane and highway, And the drizzle bedrenches the waggonette, I look behind at the fading byway, And see on its slope, now glistening wet, Distinctly yet
  5. 5. Myself and a girlish form benighted In dry March weather. We climb the road Beside a chaise. We had just alighted To ease the sturdy pony‟s load When he sighed and slowed.
  6. 6. How setting is created in ‘At Castle Boterel’ SETTING
  7. 7. DRIVING  Entire stanza emphasises the lonesome drive and also how Hardy is now on his own.  “I look behind at the fading highway”  Suggests he is the only person on the road, and therefore is vulnerable, because he has no one to look out for him.
  8. 8. USE OF WEATHER  Stanza One – Describes how the “drizzle bedrenches the waggonette”  Stanza Two – Describes the “dry March weather”  This greatly contrasts to show the difference in Hardy‟s emotions from the present day to how he felt when he was with Emma, 40 years ago.  It shows how he still misses her, but then when he reflects on the time they spent together his brightens.
  9. 9. How characters are created in ‘At Castle Boterel’ CHARACTERS
  10. 10. NARRATOR (HARDY)  Shows Hardy as quite an emotional man. • Use of Pathetic Fallacy • “drizzle bedrenches the waggonette”  Builds Hardy up to be a very needy man, who misses Emma. • Through the constant use of „We‟ • “What we did as we climbed, and what we talked of ”
  11. 11. EMMA  We are not informed that she has died, however the pain that Hardy is showing does suggest it. • “Never again.”
  12. 12. STRUCTURE  “Distinctly yet‟ is on its own, making it literally distinct.  “Fading byway” suggests how we are fading into his memories.  Regular structure, flows like a path  „and feeling fled‟ on its own impression of being alone and empty, without feeling.  The time when he is recollecting almost becomes reality as he tells it in the present tense; “We climb the road”  Verses end with short sentences, to emphasise the meaning and make the endings stand out more, it could also show Emma‟s abrupt ending to life.
  13. 13. VO I C E / N A R R AT I V E P E R S P E C T I V E  The poem is told by Thomas Hardy  Recollection of an event from the past. • Shows the significance of the event. • “A time of such quality”  Poem ends with „never again‟ showing how now it has ended never will it be revisited again, as perhaps it was too painful and reminds him of what will never be again.  Recollection of an event from the past. • Shows the significance of the event. • “A time of such quality” • The time when he is recollecting almost becomes reality as he tells it in the present tense; “We climb the road
  14. 14. THEMES  Longing – He wants to be with Emma again.  Redemption – He wants to make right of the past, so he tries to remember the good times he spent with her.

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