I am working on a paper for my English class on 19th & 20th century poetry, and I thought I could appeal to some of the intelligent folks here for a few ideas. I'm not asking for anyone to give me a thesis statement or anything, I just find that when studying poetry, discussion with others can be very useful tool. I have several ideas of my own, but I could use a little input to help broaden my analysis and steer me in a slightly different direction. The poem I have to write on is "A Broken Appointment" by Thomas Hardy, any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated . You did not come And marching Time drew on, and wore me numb.- Yet less for loss of your dear presence there Than that I thus found lacking in your make That high compassion which can overbear Reluctance for pure lovingkindness' sake Grieved I, when, as the hope-hour stroke its sum, You did not come. You love not me, And love alone can lend you loyalty; --I know and knew it. But, unto the store Of human deeds divine in all but name, Was it not worth a little hour or more To add yet this: Once you, a woman, came To soothe a time-torn man; even though it be You love not me?