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The Poetry of Thomas Hardy Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: James Taylor, Gideon Wagner, Richard Mitchley, Tim Graham, Ghizela Rowe Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Many giants of literature originate from the shores of the emerald isles: Shakespeare, Dickens, Chaucer, the Brontes, and Austen, to which most people would willingly add the name Thomas Hardy. Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and The Mayor of Casterbridge are but three of his literary masterpieces.

But let us go further and add to his canon his poems. Hardy himself thought he was a poet who wrote novels purely for the money. Indeed his poems were not published until he was in his 50s, after his major novels were published and his reputation set. Today his poetry is more rightly regarded in its own right.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Coral | 9/25/2010

    " My favourite collection of poems yet. Hardy's talent ripples through his work and "Under the Waterfall" and "Beeny Cliff" are two of my most favourite poems of all time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Lynda | 5/16/2009

    " Sorry, a couple of poems I like, but not really my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Dustin | 7/2/2008

    " Poetry like art is subjective to the eye of the beholder. Even in the midst of difficult text the subtle human experience of trudging through the past can bring on melancholy of our own lives and recent past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Wendy | 10/25/2007

    " My rating is particularly aimed at the poems of 1912, which I love. They were written after the death of us first wife, with whom latterly he had a fraught relationship. When she died unexpectedly, he mourned the love they had lost before. Lovely. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) studied under an architect engaged in church restoration, then left Dorchester for London when he was twenty-two to pursue his profession. The idyllic rural life he left behind became inspiration for poetry that publishers rejected; so, while continuing his architecture career, he turned to the novel. Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) was such a success that he became a novelist full-time. While some of his novels were marketable commodities only, several are masterpieces to this day: Under the Greenwood Tree (1872), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), The Trumpet-Major (1880), Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1896). Most of his novels tended toward the tragic, illustrating a deterministic philosophy; Tess alarmed the religious, and readers generally were revolted by the horrors of Jude. Hardy was dubbed an atheist by some of his critics and so discouraged by their rejection of these last works that he abandoned the novel and returned to verse. The pinnacle of his successful poetry late in life was his epic drama The Dynasts (1903–04,1906,1908), which embodied his concept of the Immanent Will. The 1914 war and its aftermath shook his agnosticism; in his “Apology” to Late Lyrics and Earlier, he called for an alliance of religion and science with poetry being the intermediary.