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Two of them seem worth sharing here: "The business of the poet and novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things, and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things.

The books o Thomas Hardy have never done much for me, but his poetry which I have never read is a different thing. I really enjoyed them.

Thomas Hardy was born in Upper Bockhampton, a hamlet in. .Hardy never felt at home in London. However, he was interested in social reform and was familiar with the works of John Stuart Mill.

Thomas Hardy was born in Upper Bockhampton, a hamlet in the parish of Stinsford to the east of Dorchester in Dorset, England in 1840. His father Thomas (. worked as a stonemason and local builder. His mother Jemima (. was well-read. He was acutely conscious of class divisions and his social inferiority. He was also introduced to the works of Charles Fourier and Auguste Comte during this period by his Dorset friend, Horace Moule.

Thomas Hardy OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. He was highly critical of much in Victorian society, especially on the declining status of rural people in Britain, such as those from his native South West England.

He wrote his huge work in accordance with conventions of an art that had not yet been invented: the art of cinema. Thomas Hardy: Selected Poetry, Oxford University Press (New York City), 1996. Thomas Hardy: Selected Poetry and Nonfictional Prose, St. Martin’s Press (New York, NY), 1996.

Thomas Hardy abandoned the novel form at the turn of the century . Books related to Hardy: Selected Poems.

Thomas Hardy abandoned the novel form at the turn of the century, probably after public reaction to Jude the Obscure, b.

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Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is acclaimed worldwide as one of the best Victorian novelists, but his poetry is often eclipsed by his achievement in the realm of fiction

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is acclaimed worldwide as one of the best Victorian novelists, but his poetry is often eclipsed by his achievement in the realm of fiction. Still, of the hundreds of poems that comprise Hardy’s Collected Poems, there are a few favourites that are much-loved and widely anthologised. Here’s our pick of the ten best Thomas Hardy poems – often a difficult list to draw up. But if you haven’t read much of Hardy’s poetry before, we hope this selection offers a nice way in to the weighty tome that is his Complete Poems

Victorian novelist and poet Thomas Hardy focused much of his work - including classics like Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) and Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891) on man's futile struggle against unseen forces.

Victorian novelist and poet Thomas Hardy focused much of his work - including classics like Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) and Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891) on man's futile struggle against unseen forces. The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy: Volume 6: 1920-1925 (Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy Vol. 6). Thomas Hardy.


Comments: (7)

Goodman
I commend this volume for three reasons. First and foremost for the 180 or so poems by Thomas Hardy (out of the approximately 950 he wrote). Among critics and self-professed serious students of English poetry, Hardy is often mildly disparaged as a poet. Yet among poets themselves, Hardy is/was admired and loved, even by "moderns" such as Pound, Jeffers, and Larkin.

Two aspects of Hardy's poetry stand out. One is his adherence to rhyme and meter. But Hardy is marvelously creative and diverse in his use of meter, his rhyming patterns, and the structure of his poems. He relies heavily on good old Anglo-Saxon words (many monosyllabic) and constructions. For those, like me, who often are uncomfortable with the free form and discursiveness of much modern poetry, Hardy is a welcome alternative. (The majority of the poems in this selection are less than twenty lines; very few are more than fifty.) The other conspicuous characteristic of Hardy's poetry is the somber atmosphere. The most common themes are death, the passage of time, nostalgia and regret. His poems are simple (few annotations are needed to read and understand them); they are more emotional than intellectual, more concrete than abstract; and they are very personal. Ultimately, then, THOMAS HARDY: SELECTED POEMS demonstrates a high degree of poetic craftsmanship and discipline and it constitutes a very moving body of work.

The second reason for commending this particular volume of Hardy's poems is Robert Mezey's Introduction and notes. At just over twenty pages, the Introduction is an ideal length. In it, Mezey succinctly makes his case for stating that "among the moderns", Hardy's "only peer is Frost and, perhaps, Yeats." One of the virtues of Hardy's poetry that Mezey identifies (and his selection confirms) is that with Hardy "the sense we get [is] that the moral and the aesthetic are rarely, if ever, separate things." The Introduction is learned, but it is not ivory tower: at one point Mezey compares a wonderful "song-like" rhyme in a Hardy poem with a rhyme from a Randy Travis song.

Lastly, this volume stands out for me for what it revealed of Thomas Hardy himself, that he was very decent and very human. I occasionally indulge myself by fantasizing about what it might have been like to spend an evening with a famous writer: of all famous writers, Thomas Hardy is one of those I most would have liked to have done so, and who (I sense) would have genuinely, without condescension, been interested in me.

One of several bonus features of the book is an Appendix containing miscellaneous comments Hardy made about poetry, writing, and life. Two of them seem worth sharing here:

"The business of the poet and novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things, and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things."

"Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art."

After years - nay, decades - of reading only prose, I have resolved to expand my horizons (or, if you wish, deepen my soul) by reading poetry regularly - say about one book or collection each month. THOMAS HARDY: SELECTED POEMS proved to be an excellent beginning.
Inerrace
excellent copy
Orll
Thomas Hardy, is somewhat new for me, however after reading just a few poems I knew it was just right for what I had been looking for. No man can read Hardy's poems collected but that his own life, and forgotten moments of it, will not come back to him.
Auau
Excellent selection as intro to Hardy's verse. Nice to go beyond the famous novels.
NI_Rak
His poem " Ode for the American Dead in Asia" is worth the price of this book all by itself. It should be chiseled at the base of the Korean War Memorial in Washington, and then again a few paces away on the Vietnam War Memorial.

" God love you now, if no one else ever will......
But in another year we will mourn you,
whose fossil courage fills
the limestone histories: brave, ignorant, amazed,
Dead in the rice paddies, dead on the nameless hills."
Dorintrius
The introduction by Robert Mezey was expecially gratifying. This was the right quantity of poems to suit my interest. The format of the book was pleasing. Everything about the book and the anthology has the right feel about it to my taste.
misery
The formatting of the Kindle edition of this book is a disgrace. All the poems are left-aligned, regardless of the stanza forms. Penguin should be ashamed to charge nearly full price for such shoddy work. And it was impossible to have any warning of this, because the prreview available consisted only of the introduction to the book by Robert Mezey (an excellent introduction, by the way). Two free e-book editiions of Hardy's earlier poetry have far better formatting, even if they aren't perfect.
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Selected Shorter Poems download epub
Humanities
Author: Thomas Hardy,John Wain
ISBN: 0333059069
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan; Revised edition (October 1966)
Pages: 136 pages