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 rules, humans and locations and approximately seasons and animals. The poems are grouped by way of topic and the textual content used for the poems is from Dr James Gibson's "Thomas Hardy: the whole Poems". each one set of poems is through 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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Many times over the best body of poetic work this century has so far to show', backing his judgement by including 28, his largest single allocation, in his Oxford Book of Twentieth Century Verse. Dame Helen Gardner, in her New Oxford Book of Verse also chose 22, thereby placing Hardy on a level with the very greatest English poets of the last five centuries. The most recent large conspectual anthology, John Wain's Oxford Library of English Poetry (1987) gives Hardy similar prominence. There are three complete editions of his verse and more than twenty selections have been made from it.

R. Leavis, and echoed by R. P. Blackmur among others, that Hardy had by what might be called happy accident produced a mere handful of great poems, was widely current until quite recently. Although, as Hardy drily observed, part of the initial reaction could be ascribed to 'his having taken the liberty to adopt another vehicle of expression than prose-fiction without consulting [the critics]', there were other reasons, not altogether insubstantial, 36 Hardy's Poetry: A general survey 37 why even well-disposed readers found a good deal to puzzle and provoke them in Hardy's verse.

But, from the outset of his career Hardy was determined to 'go and do otherwise'. He could, of course, sometimes overdo his distrust of the Tennysonian line. No doubt Tennyson would have admired the opening of In Front of the Landscape (246/C/W/H/*) with its vivid picture of . . a headland of hoary aspect Gnawed by the tide, Frilled by the nimb of the morning ... Hardy's Poetry: A general survey 49 The tactile verb 'gnawed', the strikingly visual 'frilled by the nimb' are very much in his own line.

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