By Trevor Johnson
An research of more than a few Hardy's poems, together with love poems, poems approximately principles, humans and locations and approximately seasons and animals. The poems are grouped via topic and the textual content used for the poems is from Dr James Gibson's "Thomas Hardy: the entire Poems". each one set of poems is through an research of the poems. the writer has written numerous different books approximately Hardy and his poems, together with "Thomas Hardy" (1968) and "Thomas Hardy: An Annotated interpreting checklist" (1974).
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He quotes from the minor eighteenth-century poet Thomson these lines Thrice happy he who on the sunless side Of a romantic mountain, Sits coolly calm; while all the world without Unsatisfied and sick, tosses at noon ... e. ' Now although Hardy thought this wrong, the vast preponderance of Victorian readers, not to mention most critics and many poets, would have thought Thomson's idea - which is basically that poetry is a form of escape - absolutely right. There is no shortage of evidence. F. T.
The present author's alleged ... 'pessimism' is, in truth, only such 'questionings' in the exploration of reality. Hardy thereupon quotes from his own In Tenebris II (137/C/DI WIH/*) the line If a way to the Better there be, it exacts a full look at the Worst. Since 1945 it is easier for us to agree with him, no doubt. Hardy'S references to Coleridge, Wordsworth, to the German poet Heine, and his contention that ' ... the real function of poetry [is] the application of ideas to life' (which is Hardy'S precis of remarks made by Matthew Arnold, whom he thought the best critic of his time, on Wordsworth,) all show how firmly he took his stand within the English poetic tradition.
She was enthusiastic, impetuous, even perhaps a trifle febrile in manner, and, with her sister none too happily married to a man thirty-five years her senior, she can hardly be blamed for extending a warm welcome to this eligible male visitor. In an inaccessible hamlet Emma can have had almost no company of her own age and social class; she would have had to be exceptionally disinterested not to see in Hardy the possibility of escape from Hardy's Life 25 perpetual dependent spinsterhood. Moreover, she genuinely liked poetry and music, they sang together by candlelight and read Tennyson's Idylls of the King aloud in the garden.
A Critical Introduction to the Poems of Thomas Hardy by Trevor Johnson