Knowledge: Describe the chronological and geographical setting of the poem.
Comprehension: Translate the poem into everyday ("Canadian") language in paragraph form.
Application: Use your knowledge of religion to explain the significance of the setting of the opening stanza.
Analysis: Discuss the significance of the date of the poem's publication.
Synthesis: Organize the poem into two speaking voices: how can this poem be turned into a dramatic text for such a reading?
Textual: How may one relate this poem to the opening scene of Hamlet?
- "The Oxen"
- Image, Allusion, Voice, Dialect, and Irony in Thomas Hardy's "The Oxen" and the Poem's Original Publication Context
- Articles that appeared next to Hardy's "The Oxen" in The Times [of London] on 24 December 1915
- Selected Bibliography for the Study of Hardy's Poetry
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