Wessex Poems

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.
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  • Title: Wessex Poems
  • Author: Thomas Hardy TrevorJohnson
  • ISBN: 9781853310560
  • Page: 400
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    Thomas Hardy TrevorJohnson

    Thomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi fictional land of Wessex, delineates characters struggling against their passions and circumstances Hardy s poetry, first published in his 50s, has come to be as well regarded as his novels, especially after The Movement of the 1950s and 1960s The term cliffhanger is considered to have originated with Thomas Hardy s serial novel A Pair of Blue Eyes in 1873 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.

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    • Lauren said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      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.

    • Manik Sukoco said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      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 [...]

    • GONZA said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      "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 [...]

    • Mii said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      This book is a great read!

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