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By Trevor Johnson

An research of a variety of Hardy's poems, together with love poems, poems approximately rules, humans and areas and approximately seasons and animals. The poems are grouped via topic and the textual content used for the poems is from Dr James Gibson's "Thomas Hardy: the total Poems". every one set of poems is via an research of the poems. the writer has written a number of different books approximately Hardy and his poems, together with "Thomas Hardy" (1968) and "Thomas Hardy: An Annotated examining checklist" (1974).

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What made so strong an appeal was his refusal to edit experience, his determination to show 'the grandeur underlying the sorriest things, the sorriness underlying the grandest things', Hardy's own formulation of the mission of poetry. Perhaps a poem by Robert Graves, another visitor, (though it is not about Hardy but Hardy's Life 35 entitled A Country Mansion) contains the best metaphor of Hardy's creative longevity, A smell of mould from loft to cellar Yet sap still brisk in the oak Of the great beams: if ever they use a saw It will stain, as cutting a branch from a green tree.

The magazine editors to whom he submitted them did not, he felt, 'know good poetry from bad', so he abandoned the attempt. But he did find publication, and pay, for a short comic piece in 20 A Critical Introduction to the Poems of Thomas Hardy Chambers' Journal called How I Built Myself a House which no doubt suggested the possibility of earning a living by writing. He was not so romantic as to think that poetry would pay the rent, then or ever. London had a darker face too, and Hardy could not have missed, even had he wished, the evidence of extreme poverty and depravity all around him as he traversed its streets.

By the turn of the century Hardy had abandoned fiction for poetry. He was able to afford secretarial assistance and from around 1907 Florence Emily Dugdale was acting as secretary and typist to both Hardy and Emma, spending much time at Max Gate. Emma took to her strongly at first, but eventually drove her into a corner by demanding she should take sides in a resurgence of the perennial dispute about the Bockhampton Hardys' attitude to her. Florence dodged this confrontation, shrewdly, and contrived subsequently to avoid meeting her employers together, as far as possible.

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