Unexpected Elegies:

Unexpected Elegies: "Poems of 1912-13" and Other Poems About Emma

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Overview

Thomas Hardy’s famous sequence of love poems, published as a book for the first time.


When Emma Hardy died in 1912, her husband, the great novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, began to write “Poems of 1912–13,” a series of elegies that are among the most moving in the English language. Although the couple had been estranged for years, after her death Hardy fell under Emma’s spell again and was enthralled by her as he hadn’t been in decades. He transformed his hopelessly revived love into poetry, pouring out his yearning and passionate attachment to a love forever lost.


“Poems of 1912–13” and the other elegies about Emma included in this volume have been read and discussed by poets and scholars for almost a century but never collected in their own book. Their accessibility, emotional power, and focus on the mysterious complexities of marriage make them of interest to a broad public. Readers will cherish this beautifully produced, illustrated volume of poetical testaments to enduring love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892553617
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 11/09/2010
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,049,597
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), enduring author of the twentieth century, wrote the classics Jude the Obscure, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and many other works.

Claire Tomalin’s books include Thomas Hardy: The Time Torn Man and The Poems of Thomas Hardy. She lives in London.

Claire Tomalin’s books include Thomas Hardy: The Time Torn Man and The Poems of Thomas Hardy. She lives in London.

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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