Moments of Vision — and After

  • Laurence Lerner


A man and a woman fell in love, married, were happy; then the marriage turned sour, and for long years they had little to say to each other; the woman died, and the man found he had fallen in love with her again. Stricken with grief, he felt the pain of parting with astonishing intensity, and in memory he revisited the scenes of their courtship, reliving their early happiness. It was as if the years of estrangement had sealed up their youthful love in amber, and her death had suddenly shone a bright light on it.


Mystic Experience Lyric Poetry Biographical Approach Love Poem Married Love 
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  1. Quotations from Hardy’s poems are taken from The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy, ed. James Gibson (London: Macmillan, 1976), andGoogle Scholar
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