Thomas Hardy – Selected Poetry

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Thomas Hardy – Selected Poetry

Written by Thomas Hardy

Read by Martin Jarvis

The poems in this collection display Hardy’s characteristic interplay between life and fate. Sometimes bleak, sometimes darkly humorous, sometimes painfully personal, each poem pits the intensity of human existence – our loves, our hatreds, our desires, our disappointments – against the indifference of the natural world. Whether set on the battlefield or the cornfield, Hardy’s poems are suffused by an unsentimental melancholy and a quiet hope.

Dur: 1hrs 10mins STEREO

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About The Audio

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) was an English novelist and poet. Although he wrote poetry throughout his career – and regarded his poems as far superior to his novels – it was the adverse critical reaction to Jude the Obscure (1895), which propelled Hardy into abandoning fiction altogether and devoting his remaining decades to verse. An admirer of the naturalism of William Wordsworth and Robert Browning, Hardy amassed a collection of over 900 poems of astonishing variety and individuality.

The poems in this collection display Hardy’s characteristic interplay between life and fate. Sometimes bleak, sometimes darkly humorous, sometimes painfully personal, each poem pits the intensity of human existence – our loves, our hatreds, our desires, our disappointments – against the indifference of the natural world. Whether set on the battlefield or the cornfield, Hardy’s poems are suffused by an unsentimental melancholy and a quiet hope.

 


 

Further Details

INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

Afterwards
At an Inn
At Castle Boterel
Beeny Cliff
Cannel Firing
A Christmas Ghost Story
The Colonel’s Soliloquy (Southampton Docks: October, 1899)
The Convergence of the Twain
The Darkling Thrush
The Dead Man Walking
Drummer Hodge
Embarcation (Southampton Docks: October, 1899)
The Going
The Haunter
The House of Hospitalities
In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’
The Man He Killed
Men Who March Away
Neutral Tones
Overlooking the River Stour
The Oxen
The Phantom Horsewoman
The Self-Unseeing
Under the Waterfall
The Voice
A Wife in London
Your Last Drive

BONUS MATERIAL
G.K. Chesterton of Thomas Hardy
(an extract fromG.K. Chesterton’s Autobiography, read by Barnaby Edwards))

Thomas Hardy’s ‘Apology’
(Hardy’s complete essay from Late Lyrics and Earlier (1922), read by Barnaby Edwards)

The Song of the Darkling Thrush
(a music suite by Howard Carter)

Additional information

Narrator

Martin Jarvis

Producer/Director

Rosalind Ayres

Composer

Howard Carter

Recorded At

The invisible Studios

Cover Art

Simon Holub

Copyright

Textbook Stuff

Released

2012

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