what does wan wistlessness mean in the poem “the voice” by thomas hardy?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    wan = pale

    wistlessness seems to be a made-up word, combining the ideas of “listless”, and the opposite of “wistful”.

    So the expression is meant to convey a weary, bloodless emptiness of soul.

  • Juliet H
    1 month ago

    I think you might mean wistfulness, and a voice of wan wistfulness would be quiet, sweet and melancholy.

  • BrushPicks
    1 month ago

    he hasn’t had one in a while.

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