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By Trevor Johnson

An research of a number 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 total Poems". each one set of poems is via 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 analyzing checklist" (1974).

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But Tinsley did not lack shrewdness; he published the delightful pastoral romance Under the Greenwood Tree in 1872 and commissioned Hardy to write a full-length novel for serialisation in Tinsley's Magazine. This 22 A Critical Introduction to the Poems of Thomas Hardy became the tragi-comic A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) which Tennyson much admired, and which prompted the distinguished poet Coventry Patmore to write, 'I regretted ... ' However, by that time, Under the Greenwood Tree had excited the interest of Leslie Stephen, editor of The Cornhill, the most influential literary periodical of its day.

That the lovers had the courage to defy family opinion says a good deal for their strength of feeling, if rather less for their diplomacy. Hardy had received a stinging rebuff from Emma's father who accused him of being a presumptuous upstart of peasant origins with the effrontery to seek the hand of a 'gentleman's daughter'. Emma was never to establish any kind of intimacy with Hardy'S parents, particularly Jemima who plainly thought she had 'set her cap' at Hardy from the outset as an escape route from prolonged spinsterhood.

The Poems of 1912-13 (277-97) and the quite numerous other lyrics which belong with them (many of which will be considered in detail in Chapter 8) close an epoch of Hardy'S long life as surely as if a great door had swung to. (v) 'Nay rush not. Time serves. *) is Hardy's dry advice to young poets in a hurry. He had married Florence in 1914, and with her his home life, which for years had been rather muddled and distraught, became calm and orderly. Yet, even in his seventies, he was far from content to rest upon his laurels, which from 1910 included the Order of Merit and - what probably pleased him still more - the title of Freeman of the Borough of Dorchester, the awarding of which prompted him to a speech full of local pride, though not devoid of sly humour too.

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