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

By Trevor Johnson

An research of more than a few Hardy's poems, together with love poems, poems approximately principles, humans and locations and approximately seasons and animals. The poems are grouped by way 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 via an research of the poems. the writer has written numerous different books approximately Hardy and his poems, together with "Thomas Hardy" (1968) and "Thomas Hardy: An Annotated examining checklist" (1974).

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She came from the same background as he did, and was similarly climbing up the educational ladder. Country girls grew up, perforce, pretty quickly then; she would not have been a child at sixteen. There were only three miles of footpath over the heath between their homes and each was known to the other's family. Assignations would have been easy to contrive even if their respective parents had reservations about the affair. It is certain they met frequently, highly probable that Hardy gave her a ring (perhaps not for public display).

The catalogue of winter's discomforts - the sodden landscape, the icy winds, the black, lumbering birds - makes a bleak contrast with the first stanza, which is, of course, much more agreeable to contemplate. But, as Coleridge, with whose critical opinions Hardy was well acquainted, once said, one of the most widespread errors is the confusion of what is 'agreeable' with Hardy's Poetry: A general survey 39 what is 'beautiful'. So, in his Apology to Late Lyrics and Earlier Hardy quotes Wordsworth's Preface to The Lyrical Ballads (jointly written by him and Coleridge) to the effect that most readers assume that 'by the act of writing in verse' poets undertake to confine themselves to ' ...

Of this, no more beautiful evocation exists than the sentence Hardy wrote for his 1895 Preface to A Pair of Blue Eyes. The place is pre-eminently (for one person at least) the region of dream and mystery. The ghostly birds, the pall-like sea, the frothy wind, the eternal soliloquy of the waters, the bloom of dark purple cast that seems to exhale from the shoreward precipices, in themselves lend to the scene an atmosphere like the twilight of a night vision. They walked, picnicked and sketched - another shared interest - inland and along the coast to the ruins of Camelot.

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