IF but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: "Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,
That thy love's loss is my hate's profiting!"
Then would I bear, and clench myself, and die,
Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited;
Half-eased, too, that a...
Author: Thomas Hardy
First Published: 1898
Type of Poem: Sonnet
Genres: Poetry, Sonnet
Subjects: Suffering, Despair, God, Pain, Good and evil, Gods or goddesses, Fate or fatalism, Life, philosophy of, Life and death, Time, Joy or sorrow, Luck or misfortune
Thomas Hardy has structured...
by: Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
E stood by a pond that winter day,
And the sun was white, as though chidden of God,
And a few leaves lay on the starving sod,
--They had fallen from an ash, and were gray.
Your eyes on me were as eyes that rove
Thomas Hardy and Religion
Famous author and poet, Thomas Hardy, was born June 2nd in the year of 1840 into a small town called Higher Bockhampton in Stinsford Parish. He lived in a lower class family, aware and content with their position. Hardy’s father was a master mason...
Thomas Hardy as a War Poet
Thomas Hardy is one of the most famous and prolific British writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Most people recognize Hardy as an author of novels, but he preferred to write poetry. Both his novels and his poetry give a pessimistic view of the world. Su...
Compare and contrast Henchard and Farfrae as seen by Thomas Hardy
In Thomas Hardy’s tragic novel, ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’, the author creates a foil in the form of Donald Farfrae to emphasize and consequently accentuate the downfall of the protagonist, Michael Henchard.
Henchard is s...
By Thomas Hardy
This is the weather the cuckoo likes,
And so do I;
When showers betumble the chestnut spikes,
And nestlings fly;
And the little brown nightingale bills his best,
And they sit outside at 'The Traveller's Rest,'
And maids come forth sprig-muslin drest,
The theme of tragedy is often discussed in terms of this book. Fascinated by Greek tragedy, Hardy uses tragic circumstances to enhance the Wessex countryside and its inhabitants. By doing so he not only develops his story, but attains a certain grandeur for his novel. His first attempts at tragedy w...
Armstrong, Tim, 1956Victorian Poetry, Volume 38, Number 3, Fall 2000, pp. 422-426 (Article)
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It can be argued that...
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Thomas Hardy was an English novelist and poet who set much of his work in Wessex, his name for the counties of southwestern England. He initially pursued architecture, his father's work, but after finding success in his novel Far from the Madding Crowd(1874), he gave it u...
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Long considered one of England's foremost...
Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy (1867)
BY THOMAS HARDY
We stood by a pond that winter day,
And the sun was white, as though chidden of God,
And a few leaves lay on the starving sod;
– They had fallen from an ash, and were gray.
Your eyes on me were a...