Why does Hardy never use a word “death,” in his poem “Afterwardsand” and why does he use euphemism to illustrate it?
The speaker in “Afterwards” employs euphemism to describe “death” which is suggestive of forward progression. Beginning this poem with May, he proposes the theme of death, which springtime renewal may relieve. The poet puts light on how he would be remembered after his death. Oddly, he never uses “die” or “death,” instead uses metaphors and euphemism to avoid using D-word. Let us look into the lines where he uses euphemism to suggest death,
“now he is gone”
“stilled at last”
“he hears it not now”