Poems of the Past and the Present

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The Floating Press, Sep 1, 2012 - Poetry - 178 pages
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Though best remembered as one of the foremost Victorian realists who created classic works of fiction like Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy always considered himself to be more a poet than a novelist at heart. Over time, critics and fans alike have warmed to Hardy's verse, and his influence has been cited by several acclaimed contemporary poets, including Philip Larkin. This poetry collection brings together some of Hardy's most accomplished works.
 

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Contents

The Coquette and After
93
A Spot
94
Long Plighted
95
The Widow
97
At a Hasty Wedding
99
The DreamFollower
100
His Immortality
101
The toBeForgotten
103

A Wife in London
17
The Souls of the Slain
19
Song of the Soldiers Wives
24
The Sick God
26
Genoa and the Mediterranean
29
Shelleys Skylark
30
In the Old Theatre Fiesole
32
On the Palatine
33
Rome
34
Rome
35
Rome
37
Lausanne
39
Zermatt
40
The Bridge of Lodi
41
On an Invitation to the United States
45
The Mother Mourns
46
I Said to Love
50
A Commonplace Day
52
At a Lunar Eclipse
54
The Lacking Sense
55
To Life
57
Doom and She
58
The Problem
61
The Subalterns
62
The SleepWorker
64
The Bullfinches
65
GodForgotten
67
The Bedridden Peasant
69
By the Earths Corpse
71
Mute Opinion
73
To an Unborn Pauper Child
74
To Flowers from Italy in Winter
76
On a Fine Morning
77
To Lizbie Browne
78
Song of Hope
81
The WellBeloved
83
Her Reproach
86
The Inconsistent
87
A Broken Appointment
88
Between Us Now
89
How Great My Grief
90
I Need Not Go
91
Wives in the Sere
105
The Superseded
106
An August Midnight
107
The Caged Thrush Freed and Home Again
108
Birds at Winter Nightfall
110
The Puzzled GameBirds
111
Winter in Durnover Field
112
The Last Chrysanthemum
113
The Darkling Thrush
115
The Comet at Yalbury or Yellham
117
Mad Judy
118
A Wasted Illness
119
A Man
121
The Dame of Athelhall
123
The Seasons of Her Year
126
The Milkmaid
127
The Levelled Churchyard
129
The Ruined Maid
131
The Respectable Burgher on the Higher Criticism
133
Architectural Masks
135
The TenantForLife
136
The Kings Experiment
138
The Tree
140
Her Late Husband
143
The SelfUnseeing
145
De Profundis
146
The ChurchBuilder
150
The Lost Pyx
154
Tesss Lament
157
The Supplanter
160
Sapphic Fragment
165
XXXI
166
After Schiller
167
Song from Heine
168
From Victor Hugo
169
Cardinal Bembos Epitaph on Raphael
170
I Have Lived with Shades
171
Memory and I
173
To the Unknown God
175
Endnotes
177
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Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady. During the next five years, Hardy penned Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and A Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1874, his first book as a full-time author, Far from the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love. Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in Dorchester, England. His house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its construction. Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

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