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    In many ways Hardy is the Wessex Wordsworth Like the Lake Poet Hardy has a talent for telling the stories and lives of the common folk around him be an abbey mason a trampwoman or a young boy playing violin to a convict at a railway station He captures the lyrical nature of their everyday vernacular and often transforms the seemingly uotidian into meaningful critiues of Victorian society In “The Trampwoman’s Tragedy” a young couettish lady walks day and night through brier and bush resting at warm inns with her loved one She toys with her loved one “jeering John” is made out to be the father of her unborn child and what is should be a harmless tease turns into murder gallows and emotional and material destitution for the protagonist as she lies dying on a heath Hardy doesn’t openly attack the constricting institutional prejudice which allows poverty and social ostracization presumably the woman and her loved one are out of wedlock to occur but merely presents the narrative for us to observe and reflect upon The lack of explicit Wordsworth esue philosophical musing allows for politically pointed poetry Much of the poetry in this short anthology concerns itself with death Hardy is notorious for his gloomy and pessimistic novels and upon eschewing that form for poetry in the late 19th century his gloom doesn’t leave him Be it in a railway station observing two lovers depart from each other forever or leaning on a “coppice gate” reading the “corpse” of the last century into his dark surroundings much of Hardy’s observations occur within a kind of halfway house between life and death hope and dismay Not often enough I feel does he strike optimistic messages Hardy’s inheritance from Wordsworth often manifests itself in self centred almost self pitying resolutions In the “Darkling Thrush” for example he notices the joyful “carolings” of a bird flinging its soul onto a bleak landscape and only reflects that he knows not the “hope” that bird might know In “He Resolves to Say No More” the speaker literally does just that – although admittedly his stubbornness to potentially reveal what lies beyond death is tempered by his reluctance to bear ill will to a mankind already stuffed with concern In “Death Divided” Hardy’s egotism returns he somewhat lays bare the notion that no one in society will know of his connection with his first wife Emma Gifford who was just recently deceased upon the time of composition There is no mourning here just flat recognition that he’ll be laid to rest elsewhere He probably couldn’t wait to get away from her That poem written in the last 19th century makes a distinct contrast to the seuence of poems written from 1912 13 when Hardy revisited Cornwall and actively grieved through composition the passing of Gifford On one hand this makes for astonishingly moving lyricism One of the Hardy’s most painfully moving and famous poems is The Voice In his repetition of “how you call to me call to me” there is little within him that can be associated with the staid reserved Victorian gentleman at the turn of the century His naked heart opens and looks to hear his first wife’s voice he remarried shortly after composing the seuence again and again She calls to him and he begs that she calls him further Or her voice “haunts” him the constant calling a disorientating echo as the poet struggles to move on and find closureYet Hardy problematises his grieving by acting as a ventrilouist for Gifford by using her voice in a couple of poems in this seuence not to mention as active speech throughout One feels that it’s a bit too late for that for it is was within his means to comfort her in her life and he failed to do so Hardy also fails to make the explicit link between his neglect although he doesn’t acknowledge it and the outcomes she suffered He feels no remorse for her but the pang of his loss His ventrilouism of Gifford then only serves to ameliorate his own emotional welfare But perhaps that is the point – we are meant to observe a poet adorned in pride unable to digest his grief and feel frustration for the society which thrust him into this position Annoyingly in this anthology Hardy’s poetry seems to decay in uality after this famous seuence concerning his dead wife There are indeed moments of optimism His linking in with death and the rejuvenation of life through the natural environment is as hopeful as he gets But otherwise the reader is left with many poems riffing of the same theme of death darkness regret and aging Ghosts abound throughout his poetry; one can’t help but feel that the ghost of Hardy will leave far longer than him and that maybe a bit uncharitably the ghost of Emma will succeed him further through his poignant act of creation

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Thomas Hardy ➵ Thomas Hardy Read ➼ Author Thomas Hardy – This is the third volume of a new series of publications by Delphi Classics the best selling publisher of classical works Many poetry collections are often poorly formatted and difficult to read on eR This is the third volume of a new series of publications by Delphi Classics the best selling publisher of classical works Many poetry collections are often poorly formatted and difficult to read on eReaders The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets with superior formatting This volume presents the complete poetical works of Thomas Hardy with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material Version Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Hardy's life and works Concise introductions to the poetry and other works Images of how the poetry books were first printed giving your eReader a taste of the original texts Excellent formatting of the poems Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry Easily locate the poems you want to read Features the two biographies written by the poet’s second wife discover Hardy's literary life Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genresCONTENTSThe Poetry CollectionsWESSEX POEMS AND OTHER VERSESPOEMS OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENTTIME’S LAUGHINGSTOCKS AND OTHER VERSESSATIRES OF CIRCUMSTANCEMOMENTS OF VISION AND MISCELLANEOUS VERSESLATE LYRICS AND EARLIER WITH MANY OTHER VERSESHUMAN SHOWS FAR PHANTASIES SONGS AND TRIFLESWINTER WORDS IN VARIOUS MOODS AND METRESThe PoemsLIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDERLIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDERThe BiographiesTHE EARLY LIFE OF Thomas Hardy – by Florence HardyTHE LATER YEARS OF Thomas Hardy – by Florence Hardy.

  • 61 pages
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Thomas Hardy
  • English
  • 06 December 2015
  • 9781854101068

About the Author: Thomas Hardy

A Pair of Blue Eyes in In the novel Hardy chose to leave one of his protagonists Knight literally hanging off a cliff staring into the stony eyes of a trilobite embedded in the rock that has been dead for millions of years This became the archetypal — and literal — cliff hanger of Victorian prose Excerpted from.