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Poetry of Thomas Hardy
This paper discusses the causes and effects of novelist Thomas Hardy's shift to poetry: Style, themes, fatalism and autobiographical elements.
# 21853 | 1,800 words | 8 sources | 1995 | US
Published on Mar 10, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry)


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There could not be a more "English" writer than Thomas Hardy. As either poet or novelist Hardy's subjects were quintessentially English: in character, locale and sensitivity. Born in 1840 three years after the birth of Queen Victoria, dying in 1928, Hardy lived in an era when the English "way" - thought, power, economics and language - were the predominant force in and on world affairs. Yet this was not the "Englishness" of which Thomas Hardy was a part. The world of "Thomas Hardy, particularly in his poetry, was a place in southern England, Dorset county specifically, an agriculturally-oriented lowland touching the coast of the English Channel. It was an England "far from the madding crowd" of London, divorced from the Celtic mysticism of Cornwall and Wales, scarcely touched by the industrialism of the more northerly Newcastles and Birminghams."

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