Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE DIVISION, by THOMAS HARDY

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THE DIVISION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Rain on the windows, creaking doors
Last Line: And longer than the years!
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation

RAIN on the windows, creaking doors,
With blasts that besom the green,
And I am here, and you are there,
And a hundred miles between!

O were it but the weather, Dear,
O were it but the miles
That summed up all our severance,
There might be room for smiles.

But that thwart thing betwixt us twain,
Which nothing cleaves or clears,
Is more than distance, Dear, or rain,
And longer than the years!

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