Wessex Poems

Thomas Hardy TrevorJohnson


Wessex Poems

Wessex Poems

  • Title: Wessex Poems
  • Author: Thomas Hardy TrevorJohnson
  • ISBN: 9781853310560
  • Page: 356
  • Format: None



Thomas Hardy claimed that his first love had always been poetry, but it was not until the age of 58 that this first collection, written over a period of 30 years, was published Wessex was the partly real, partly dream county that formed the backdrop for most of Hardy s writings named after an Anglo Saxon kingdom and modeled on the real counties of Berkshire, Devon, DorsThomas Hardy claimed that his first love had always been poetry, but it was not until the age of 58 that this first collection, written over a period of 30 years, was published Wessex was the partly real, partly dream county that formed the backdrop for most of Hardy s writings named after an Anglo Saxon kingdom and modeled on the real counties of Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire The poems deal with classic Hardy themes of disappointment in love and life, and the struggle to live a meaningful life in an indifferent world Although Hardy s poetry was not as well received as his fiction, he continued to publish collections until his death, and thanks in part to the influence of Philip Larkin, he is increasingly realized as a poet of great stature.


Recent Comments "Wessex Poems"

Very good collection of poetry - I enjoyed many poems in this collection but I did have four favourites these were: The Burghers, Her Death and After, The Casterbridge Captains and Thoughts of Phena. I would highly recommend this poetry collection.

Many reviewers were put off when Thomas Hardy published this, his first collection of poetry, late in 1898 and after swearing off fiction. If "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and "Jude the Obscure" offended them, "Wessex Poems" confused them - its style and diction seemed clumsy, and its themes did nothing to reassure them. And yet it includes a handful of the poems now acknowledged as among Hardy's best - including "Hap," which begins "If but some vengeful god"-- and announced the beginning of what [...]

"Channel Firing"That night your great guns, unawares,Shook all our coffins as we lay, And broke the chancel window-squares, We thought it was the Judgment-dayAnd sat upright. While drearisomeArose the howl of wakened hounds:The mouse let fall the altar-crumb,The worms drew back into the mounds,The glebe1 cow drooled. Till God called, “No;It’s gunnery practise out at seaJust as before you went below;The world is as it used to be:“And all nations striving strong to makeRed war yet redder. Ma [...]

This book is a great read!


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