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Published (first published 1901)
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Feb 27, 2017 Hope rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
There is no doubt that Hardy is a brilliant writer, but the quality of this poetry was rather spotty. Sometimes it flows with ease and beauty, but more often it is a difficult slog.

The initial poems refer to war (I'm assuming the Boer War since they were written in 1899) and are rightfully gloomy. I loved the cadence of "The Going of the Battery Wives' Lament," and the humor in "The Levelled Churchyard." But the themes of most of the poetry are depressing (unfaithful spouses and lovers, unrequi
Oct 20, 2011 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I've enjoyed reading Hardy's novels since I was first introduced to them in high-school, but this is my first look at his poetry. I confess I have no idea how to review a book of poetry so I guess I'll just write what I was thinking as I read.

The overall mood of the book is sad disillusionment, the same feeling that comes through his novels, only more focused because in poetry so much is said in so few words. I expected his poems to be melancholy but this is more than that I think. This is despa
Bee Halton
Jan 15, 2012 Bee Halton rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Thomas Hardy is an English classic in poetry and surely there were some lovely poems in this book but I had real trouble to get to grips with the old-fashioned English.
His themes of love, death, war and spirituality are and will always be up to date. His use of imagery and rhythm is beautiful but the old-fashioned language did not really speak to me. Still I am glad to have read it.
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Moira McPartlin
I took me over six months to finish this collection, mostly due to my slow book reader, but it was well worth the epic journey. I loved the classic form, the rhymes and the language. The whole collection has a melancholy feel and some of the poems are depressing, but they still work. I will buy a hardcopy of the collection so that I can reread some of my favorites. I will try out his prose now.
Leonardo Papale
Honestly is too hard to rate on a five stars scale. Wessex Poems should be 3,5 and Poems of the Past and the Present 3, but i can't so i rate 3 the first and 2 this. Is still a great collection of poems and i loved it.
Matthew Metzdorf
I really do like Thomas Hardy and there is the occasional good poem in here, but this book is just too antiquated and it references too much the classical tradition (Roman Mythology, ancient poetry, crap like that) which is mostly just boring to me. Skip that mess.
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Thomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural. He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates cha ...more
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