Wessex Poems And Other Verses PDF/EPUB Ñ Wessex Poems

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 


10 thoughts on “Wessex Poems And Other Verses

  1. says:

    Many reviewers were put off when Thomas Hardy published this his first collection of poetry late in 1898 and after swearing off fiction If Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure offended them Wessex Poems confused them its style and diction seemed clumsy and its themes did nothing to reassure them And yet it includes a handful of the poems now acknowledged as among Hardy's best including Hap which begins If but some vengeful god and announced the beginning of what would turn out to be one of the greatest careers in poetry in the twentieth century Powerful novelists are rarely powerful poets but Hardy once again showed himself not to be limited by the constraints and considerations of smaller minds


  2. says:

    Very good collection of poetry I enjoyed many poems in this collection but I did have four favourites these were The Burghers Her Death and After The Casterbridge Captains and Thoughts of Phena I would highly recommend this poetry collection


  3. says:

    At the preface of Wessex Poems Thomas Hardy leaves an apology accounting for his use of ancient and legitimate words of the district Hardy insists on his use of such words necessary in scenarios wherein the words are the most natural nearest and often only expression of a thought Hardy's insistence upon these words to me immediately places Hardy's poetical voice within a place of his own Allowing for some of the poems within the collection to serve as vignettes of the unique England of his novels This difference accounts for the largest development Hardy's poems within this collection hold when compared to his post Romantic predecessors Regardless the poems meander through a few central subjects A Romantic series pertaining to a lost love and her childA series of war poems in dramatic verse mostly pertaining to the Napoleonic WarsRemaining vaguely philosophical occasional piecesThese subjects and the themes surrounding them seem to me fairly derivative and bland when compared against Hardy's poetical predecessors Despite this the characters within the verses of Hardy's England finely resemble the vivid characters of his novels the character don't so much as come alive as they seem to ask you a question They are accessibly envisioned and realistically felt The settings and their relationships with the natural world resonates well throughout Hardy's consistently earthy writing The descriptions of the natural world perhaps aren't as vividly described as by his poetical precursors but the images thereof are stimulated by Hardy's accessible choices of diction alongside the language of the district This idea indicates a significant thematic consistency and peculiarity within his work This gritty poetical realism is refreshing against the backdrop of the overtly brooding Romantics of the mid nineteenth centuryThe briefer occasional pieces do display some of Hardy's greatest and weakest work The poem Hap is still seen as one of the peaks of Hardy's oeuvre Most of these shorter poems are fairly derivative and hold little weightAlthough predictable this collection of poems nostalgically hold the richly colored earthy England of Hardy's novels The poems function as accessible evocations of lost love and of lost life But are for the most part structurally and thematically unremarkable They seem to me most notable for their poetical realism which clearly illuminates the subsequent emergence of Hardy's literary progeny in the form of his proto Edwardian approach


  4. says:

    I have a copy of Jude the Obscure waiting on my bookshelf but aside from that this is my first contact with Thomas Hardy and since I picked up a cheap Wordsworth collection of his poetry I’ll be sure to dig into The star rating is a little frivolous when it comes to poetry Even among ardent readers I doubt a poetry collection is likely to capture a reader’s passions with every poem I enjoyed only a scant few poems in this collection but I liked those well Hardy works with many forms of rhyme that I don’t have the names at hand for anyone interested in 19th century pessimism and ambivalent portrayals of nature as something beautiful yet cruel will find something to appreciate here I look forward to reading on while comparing Hardy’s life works — his poems — with his novels all the famous


  5. says:

    275 stars ok


  6. says:

    Channel FiringThat night your great guns unawaresShook all our coffins as we lay And broke the chancel window squares We thought it was the Judgment dayAnd sat upright While drearisomeArose the howl of wakened houndsThe mouse let fall the altar crumbThe worms drew back into the moundsThe glebe1 cow drooled Till God called “NoIt’s gunnery practise out at seaJust as before you went belowThe world is as it used to be“And all nations striving strong to makeRed war yet redder Mad as hattersThey do no for Christés sakeThan you who are helpless in such matters“That this is not the judgement hourFor some of them’s a blessed thingFor if it were they’d have to scourHell’s floor for so much threatening “Ha ha It will be warmer whenI blow the trumpet if indeedI ever do for you are menAnd rest eternal sorely need”So down we lay again “I wonderWill the world ever saner be”Said one ‘than when He sent us underIn our indifferent century”And many a skeleton shook his head“Instead of preaching forty year”My neighbour Parson Thirdly said“I wish I had stuck to pipes and beer”Again the guns disturbed the hourRoaring their readiness to avengeAs far inland as Stourton TowerAnd Camelot and starlit Stonehenge


  7. says:

    This book is a great read