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 whole Poems". each 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 interpreting checklist" (1974).

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Yet all this represents an astonishing shift in opinion from 1898 when Wessex Poems was saluted as including 'the most astounding balderdash that ever found its way into a book of verse', while the view propounded by F. 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.

Lost prize ... ' There can be little doubt that several other early poems refer to their time together, nor that the character of Sue (in Jude) has some marked affinities with what we know of her, however questionable it may be to view Tryphena as the inspiration of most of Hardy's literary output. In February 1870, chance, as so often in his novels, took a hand in Hardy'S life. When Crickmay, his new employer, had 24 A Critical Introduction to the Poems of Thomas Hardy taken over Hicks's business, he tended to make use of Hardy's expertise in church restoration to look after that side of his inherited work.

The Gothic art principle ... of spontaneity, ... - resulting in the 'unforeseen' character of his metres and stanzas'. As we shall see, this is of the first importance for a study of his verse. He enjoyed some success in his profession, winning a couple of prizes for essays and designs, but he did not limit himself to the drawing board. He sang in the office choir, went to the opera, to Phelps's cheap and lively productions of Shakespeare, spent hours methodically studying the Old Masters in the National Gallery, and continued to buy books and read voraciously.

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