New PDF release: A Critical Introduction to the Poems of Thomas Hardy

By Trevor Johnson

ISBN-10: 0333495780

ISBN-13: 9780333495780

ISBN-10: 1349212210

ISBN-13: 9781349212217

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 full Poems". each one set of poems is via 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 examining checklist" (1974).

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There he was greeted by Emma Lavinia Gifford, the sister-in-law of the rector who was in bed with gout, with his wife looking after him. She was - as she tells us in her vivid, artless, and often very moving Some Recollections (set down in an exercise book and only printed in full all but forty years after her death) , ... ' The paper, it was later to emerge, had a poem on it. The meeting, with what flowed from it of something approaching ecstasy to be succeeded by slow disillusion and 'deep division', was as fateful as that between young Stephen Smith and the wayward Elfride in A Pair of Blue Eyes, which is scarcely surprising as the opening sequences of that novel are thinly veiled autobiography, despite Hardy's disclaimers.

When his benighted narrator complains that there is . . no beseeming abode I can try Hardy's Poetry: A general survey 45 For shelter, so abroad I must lie. one feels that even a house-agent would wince at 'beseeming abode', even a schoolboy conscript feel that 'abode' isn't the ideal rhyme for 'abroad'! Words, considered as things in themselves, were a minor passion of Hardy's. He prized his copy of the all-inclusive New English Dictionary, in the later volumes of which several words are exemplified largely from his works!

There and then or soon aftewards, he wrote the marvellous series of elegiac poems already mentioned which were published in a volume inappropriately entitled (by the publisher) Satires of Circumstance (after a series of acrid vignettes which had initially appeared in 1911 and came early in the new volume). Three more volumes of verse were to come, as well as the strange little play, The Queen of Cornwall, a version of the Tristram and Iseult legend. Now in his eighties, he was still alert and courteous, interested in everything.

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