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War Poetry: Thomas Hardy
Year 10 English | Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT]
Source: Four Canadian soldiers, sleeping and writing letters in the trenches near Willerval. (IWM, 2019). Insert image: Thomas Hardy. (Encyclopædia Britannica, 2019).
"The ‘war poet’ and ‘war poetry’, observed Robert Graves in 1942, were ‘terms first used in World War I and perhaps peculiar to it’. From Anglo-Saxon times to the Boer War, war poetry in English was written largely by civilians and did not have a clearly defined identity; with the extraordinary outpouring between 1914 and 1918, it established itself as a genre and the soldier-poet became a species." (Das, 2014)
Born in England on 2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 aged 87.
Recognised as one of the great nineteenth century English realist, or naturalist authors and poets.
Famous for novels such as "Far from the Madding Crowd", "The Mayor of Casterbridge", "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" and "Jude the Obscure" as well as poems such as "The Man He Killed" and "Drummer Hodge".
Hardy was deeply affected and horrified by the destruction caused in the First World War.
"Thomas Hardy... English novelist and poet who set much of his work in Wessex, his name for the counties of southwestern England.... Hardy seems always to have rated poetry above fiction." ("Thomas Hardy", n.d.)
Reference / citation: "Thomas Hardy", (n.d.) or ("Thomas Hardy", n.d.)
Reference list / bibliography: Thomas Hardy. (n.d.). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from https://bt-libproxy.mentonegirls.vic.edu.au/levels/high/article/Thomas-Hardy/39243
"One of the most renowned poets and novelists in English literary history, Alive to the past, as a writer Hardy was also sensitive to the future; scores of younger authors, including William Butler Yeats, Siegfried Sassoon, and Virginia Woolf, visited him, and he discussed poetry with Ezra Pound. Furthermore, Hardy’s well-known war poems spoke eloquently against some of the horrors of his present, notably the Boer War and World War I." (Poetry Foundation, n.d.)
Reference / citation: Poetry Foundation (n.d.) or (Poetry Foundation, n.d.)
Reference list / Bibliography: Poetry Foundation. (n.d.). Thomas Hardy. Retrieved from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/thomas-hardy
War Poetry | Thomas Hardy: eBooks
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Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, The Mayor of Casterbridge, 'Far from the Madding Crowd, and The Return of the Native are some of the Hardy works. This title provides the students of literature with a selection of critical essays focusing on Hardy and his works, with a chronology of Hardy's life.
"The poet and novelist Thomas Hardy is perhaps most famous for his powerfully visual novels, concerned with the inexorability of human destiny. His works unfold against a rural background drawn as an elegy for vanishing country ways, but which also provides much-needed comic relief. " (British Library, n.d.)
"Thomas Hardy wrote some of the greatest war poems of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: poems about soldiers, conflict, and matters military... ‘Drummer Hodge’ is perhaps Hardy’s most famous poem about war and soldiers, although its language and imagery call for a bit of analysis to be fully understood." (Tearle, 2018, October 4)
Reference / citation: Tearle (2018, October 4) or (Tearle, 2018, October 4)
Reference list / Bibliography: Tearle, O. (2018, October 4). A Short Analysis of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Drummer Hodge’ [Blog]. Retrieved from https://interestingliterature.com/2018/10/04/a-short-analysis-of-thomas-hardys-drummer-hodge/
by Thomas Hardy
They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest
Uncoffined—just as found:
His landmark is a kopje-crest
That breaks the veldt around;
And foreign constellations west
Each night above his mound.
Young Hodge the Drummer never knew—
Fresh from his Wessex home—
The meaning of the broad Karoo,
The Bush, the dusty loam,
And why uprose to nightly view
Strange stars amid the gloam.
Yet portion of that unknown plain
Will Hodge for ever be;
His homely Northern breast and brain
Grow up a Southern tree,
And strange-eyed constellations reign
His stars eternally.