Hardy's Early Poetry

Hardy's Early Poetry : Romanticism through a 'Dark Bilberry Eye'

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Not many authors are allowed the privilege of being retrospectively considered both masterful novelists and poets. Despite the fact that Thomas Hardy saw himself as a poet first, only recently have his poems been accepted as equal to his celebrated novels. Persoon explores how Hardy's poetic vision, seemingly cemented in his twenties, existed in constant tension between Darwin and Wordsworth, betweem a scientific outlook and the poetic temperament. Perceiving Hardy's metaphorical double vision-physically represented by his own eyes, one of which was smaller than the other-we see how this bouncing between realism and romanticism informed not only Hardy's poems but also his view of language, art, architecture, religion and even humor. Hardy's Early Poetry deserves attention by anyone who is interested in understanding the full richness and complexity of Hardy's work.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 272.16g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739101528
  • 9780739101520

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Hardy's Empirical Ghosts Chapter 2 Poems of the 1860s: The Division of the Universe Chapter 3 Poems of the 1860s: The Otherness of the Female Chapter 4 Hardy's Double Vision of Language Chapter 5 Hardy and Metaphor Chapter 6 The Question of Hardy's Development Chapter 7 Appendix: Hardy's Mentors and Kinships Chapter 8 Bibligraphy Chapter 9 Index
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About James Persoon

James Persoon is Professor of English at Grand Valley State University.
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