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Hardy: The Temporal Poetics
     

Hardy: The Temporal Poetics

by Ellen Anne Lanzano
 

No poet of the nineteenth century, or possibly of any century, was more obsessed with time than Thomas Hardy. This book examines Hardy's poetics in light of the temporal context out of which he wrote more than 900 poems, the sheer heft and diversity of which have posed a challenge to Hardy criticism ever since. To a large extent, Hardy's struggle with the forms of

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No poet of the nineteenth century, or possibly of any century, was more obsessed with time than Thomas Hardy. This book examines Hardy's poetics in light of the temporal context out of which he wrote more than 900 poems, the sheer heft and diversity of which have posed a challenge to Hardy criticism ever since. To a large extent, Hardy's struggle with the forms of time is a record of the nineteenth-century engagement with the relationship of consciousness to the new science and the loss of traditional beliefs. As such, his poetry leaps into the battles on our own field between technology and humanism. The historical relativity that emerges in Hardy's poetry is thus the relativism of two eras, his and ours.

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Explores the idea of time in Hardy's works written from 1860-1928, a decisive period in the evolution of discourse about the origins of life and the relevance of religion to morality. Shows how Hardy incorporated a medley of views, including the work of philosophers and scientists of the day, as well as Positivism and theories of a fourth dimension, to build his own time-space continuum. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820438351
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Pages:
157

Meet the Author

The Author: Ellen Anne Lanzano is currently Associate Professor of English and chairs the Department of English at Hellenic College in Brookline, Massachusetts. She also teaches Victorian Studies at the graduate school at Salem State College. In addition to an undergraduate degree from Manhattanville College, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was awarded the Ruth Brune Mangelsdorf Award for Scholarly Excellence during her six-year teaching career there. Her main research interest and the subject of her journal publications is nineteenth-century British literature.

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