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Thomas Hardy

Victorian Poet

Paula Boncan

on 2 November 2012

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Thomas Hardy Erin, Paula, Michelle Work Legacy Aspects of Victorian Poetry A Broken Appointment "Burn" by Usher 1840 Life Societal Change
Industrialization, Middle Class, Pre-Raphaelite Movement, Charles Darwin, The Railroad, Queen Victoria, Opium, The Novel
Try and identify with the audience You did not come,
And marching Time drew on, and wore me numb.
Yet less for loss of your dear presence there
Than that I thus found lacking in your make
That high compassion which can overbear
Reluctance for pure lovingkindness' sake
Grieved I, when, as the hope-hour stroked its sum,
You did not come.

You love not me,
And love alone can lend you loyalty;
-I know and knew it. But, unto the store
Of human deeds divine in all but name,
Was it not worth a little hour or more
To add yet this: Once you, a woman, came
To soothe a time-torn man; even though it be
You love not me. 1848 1856 1862 1863 1865 1868 1871 1872 1874 1885 1891-95 1914 1928 Born on June 2, 1840 in Dorset, England Hardy was home schooled by his mother and did not go to school until he was 8 where he attended Mr. Last's Academy for Young Gentleman. Hardy was unable to go to university because of his lack of social position. He began to apprentice for a local architect named James Hicks. Hardy moved to London and studied at King's College for architecture at the age of 22. Became more interested in literature when he heard Charles Dickens' public lecture during the spring of 1863 Published a satirical sketch called "How I Built Myself a House" in Chambers Journal Moved back to Dorset, England and finished his first novel "The Poor Man and the Lady" but it was never published Met his future wife, Emma Gifford and published Desperate Remedies Under the Greenwood Tree was published which was Hardy's first popular novel Published Far From The Madding Crowd and married Emma Gifford 1912 Designed Max-Gate, a Victorian villa, which was where he wrote most of his poetry Tess of the D'Urbervilles(1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895) recieved strong literary criticism that Hardy stopped writing novels. Hardy's wife, Emma, passed away. He married his secretary, Florence Dugdale, who was 39 years younger than him. Hardy passed away because of pleurisy on January 1928. He was cremated and his ashes were placed in Poet's Corner in Westminster, Abbey. 1. Attention to Detail 2. Social Constraint 3. Human Suffering 4. Concept of Women to be Powerless 5. Human Nature 6. War 7. Depressing Themes 8. Tragic over Comedic 9. Guilt 10. Charles Darwin 11. Fate Aspects of Modern Text Juxtaposition, irony, comparisons, and satire
Impressionism and other devices to emphasize subjectivity of reality
Employ discontinous narratives
Emotions are expressed fully through songs
Tendency to reflect existing trends rather than progressive developments Themes Imagery Moods Inspiration Novels
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891)
Jude the Obscure (1895)
The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886),
A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873)
Under the Greenwood Tree (1872)

Collected Poems (1932)
Moments of Vision (1917)
Satires of Circumstance (1914)
The Dynasts (1908)
Time's Laughingstocks (1909)
Wessex Poems (1898)
Winter Words in Various Moods and Meters (1928) (Cootes p 634-721) Angry, sad emotions are present in each text Both write of abandonment, and accept it "It's been too long" (Usher, par 2) "Time-torn" "As the Hope stroked its arm" "Little hour" Hardy par 1 Hardy par 1 Hardy par 1 Meant to inspire emotion in the reader REGRET "Girl" Usher par 1 "Woman" Hardy par 2 Conclusion Introduction
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