Wessex Poems

Wessex Poems

by Thomas Hardy
     
 

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Thomas Hardy claimed that his first love had always been poetry, but it was not until the age of 58 that this first collection, written over a period of 30 years, was published. Wessex was the "partly-real, partly-dream" county that formed the backdrop for most of Hardy's writings—named after an Anglo-Saxon kingdom and modeled on the real counties of

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Thomas Hardy claimed that his first love had always been poetry, but it was not until the age of 58 that this first collection, written over a period of 30 years, was published. Wessex was the "partly-real, partly-dream" county that formed the backdrop for most of Hardy's writings—named after an Anglo-Saxon kingdom and modeled on the real counties of Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire. The poems deal with classic Hardy themes of disappointment in love and life, and the struggle to live a meaningful life in an indifferent world. Although Hardy's poetry was not as well received as his fiction, he continued to publish collections until his death, and thanks in part to the influence of Philip Larkin, he is increasingly realized as a poet of great stature. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781854771452
Publisher:
Woodstock Books
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Decadents, Symbolists, Anti-Decadents Series
Edition description:
FAC
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) is generally regarded as one of the greatest figures in English literature, and his key works include Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 2, 1840
Date of Death:
January 11, 1928
Place of Birth:
Higher Brockhampon, Dorset, England
Place of Death:
Max Gate, Dorchester, England
Education:
Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

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