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    Your Last Drive

    Here by the moorway you returned,

    And saw the borough lights ahead

    That lit your face—all undiscerned

    To be in a week the face of the dead,

    And you told of the charm of that haloed view

    That never again would beam on you.

    And on your left you passed the spot

    Where eight days later you were to lie,

    And be spoken of as one who was not;

    Beholding it with a heedless eye

    As alien from you, though under its tree

    You soon would halt everlastingly.

    I drove not with you. . . . Yet had I sat

    At your side that eve I should not have seen

    That the countenance I was glancing at

    Had a last-time look in the flickering sheen,

    Nor have read the writing upon your face,

    "I go hence soon to my resting-place;

    "You may miss me then. But I shall not know

    How many times you visit me there,

    Or what your thoughts are, or if you go

    There never at all. And I shall not care.

    Should you censure me I shall take no heed

    And even your praises no more shall need."

    True: never you'll know. And you will not mind.

    But shall I then slight you because of such?

    Dear ghost, in the past did you ever find

    The thought "What profit", move me much?

    Yet abides the fact, indeed, the same,—

    You are past love, praise, indifference, blame.

    Thomas Hardy

    I just basically need to write notes about this poem.
    I've done some but they're not enough, so i wanted to know whether any of you had any ideas?
    Like for example, I don't really understant the meaning of the title and how it links ot the poem's theme of the death of Hardy's wife. Also, is this poem an elegy?

    Any help or guidance will be much appreciated
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