A Critical Introduction to the Poems of Thomas Hardy by Trevor Johnson

By Trevor Johnson

An research of quite a number Hardy's poems, together with love poems, poems approximately principles, humans and locations and approximately seasons and animals. The poems are grouped by means of topic and the textual content used for the poems is from Dr James Gibson's "Thomas Hardy: the entire Poems". each one set of poems is by way of an research of the poems. the writer has written a number of different books approximately Hardy and his poems, together with "Thomas Hardy" (1968) and "Thomas Hardy: An Annotated interpreting record" (1974).

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Finish ... clarity and unity' which Tennyson and Palgrave set up as criteria for admission to the pages of The Golden Treasury. Tennyson himself was, after all, the greatest exponent of the 'jewelled line' in English, becoming Poet Laureate in 1850. He had an impeccable ear and an endless supply of melodious phrases. Such tours de force as The moan of doves in immemorial elms, And murmuring of innumerable bees. from The Princess (1853) were on everyone's lips in the later nineteenth century. Tennyson came to dominate the poetic landscape; a poet both great and various, it was impossible to ignore him.

Hardy's Life 29 But we cannot leave it there, because the marriage was to be the catalyst of much of Hardy's finest poetry, in terms both of subject matter and of emotional temper, so that some attempt, not to adjudicate morally, but to account for its failure, must be made here. We may begin by sympathising with Emma, who liked company (see Lament 283/C/w/*). She, in what Hardy admitted was a 'lonely and cottage-like existence', did not possess, like him, a partial anodyne for loneliness and depression in work.

Heavy years she would remember When circumstance held her in thrall. as Hardy wrote retrospectively in The Marble Tablet (617/D/W). But no one foresaw, although she had been intermittently unwell for two or three years, that she would die, suddenly and unexpectedly, quite early in the morning of 27 November 1912, only three days after her seventy-second birthday. Earlier in the month she had refused to see a doctor, despite severe back pains and loss of appetite. Even when, the day before, she had agreed to see the local GP she refused to be examined, so that he could only prescribe for her debility.

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