By Trevor Johnson
An research of quite a number Hardy's poems, together with love poems, poems approximately rules, humans and areas and approximately seasons and animals. The poems are grouped by means of topic and the textual content used for the poems is from Dr James Gibson's "Thomas Hardy: the entire Poems". every one set of poems is by way of 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 studying record" (1974).
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E. ') as a touchstone of what poetry's mission should be. To them Hardy might well seem a crusty old curmudgeon, glumly intent on the mirier back-alleys of human existence, though such a view would have to be based upon superficial reading, something Hardy often complained of. But Hardy is not so much concerned with subject matter as with attitudes. He cites next in his Apology two phrases from one of his favourite poems, Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.
Emma, as The Prospect (73S/W/*) records, enjoyed entertaining. Both were fond of pets, as many poems reveal, notably the moving elegy for their cat Snowdove, Last Words to a Dumb Friend (619/CiG/W/*). But the final verdict must be that Hardy's disillusioned view of marriage arose from his having learned through experience the bitter truth summed up in W. B. Yeats's lines, Maybe the bride-bed brings despair, For each an imagined image brings And finds a real image there . . Hardy's Life 31 Hardy was shy, hyper-sensitive to criticism of his work, and surprisingly - in view of his fame - diffident about its ultimate value.
Hardy's remarkable loyalty to Emma - he certainly never took a mistress - did not stretch quite so far as to renounce all female company and he came to form friendships, via his literary acquaintances, with a number of attractive and accomplished women. Perhaps they made use of him to further their own literary ambitions, but they did, while keeping him dextrously at arm's length, provide him with some warmth, some banter and some sparkle. On his side it may have amounted to a little more. One poignant lyric, A Thunderstorm in Town (255/CfD/w/ *) tells of a moment when he and Mrs Arthur Henniker (with whom he collaborated in a book) were caught in a hansom cab during a downpour in London.
A Critical Introduction to the Poems of Thomas Hardy by Trevor Johnson