500 AP English Literature Questions to know by test day

CHAPTER 1. British Poetry


Passage 1. Thomas Hardy, “Nobody Comes”


Tree-leaves labour up and down,

And through them the fainting light

Succumbs to the crawl of night.

Outside in the road the telegraph wire

To the town from the darkening land                         

Intones to travelers like a spectral lyre

Swept by a spectral hand.


A car comes up, with lamps full-glare,

That flash upon a tree:

It has nothing to do with me,                                    

And whangs along in a world of its own,

Leaving a blacker air;

And mute by the gate I stand again alone,

And nobody pulls up there.