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Selected Poems of Thomas Hardy: York Notes Advanced [Paperback]

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28 Aug 2008 1405896221 978-1405896221 1

Packed full of analysis and interpretation, historical background, discussions and commentaries, York Notes will help you get right to the heart of the text you’re studying, whether it’s poetry, a play or a novel.

You’ll learn all about the historical context of the piece; find detailed discussions of key passages and characters; learn interesting facts about the text; and discover structures, patterns and themes that you may never have known existed. In the Advanced Notes, specific sections on critical thinking, and advice on how to read critically yourself, enable you to engage with the text in new and different ways.

Full glossaries, self-test questions and suggested reading lists will help you fully prepare for your exam, while internet links and references to film, TV, theatre and the arts combine to fully immerse you in your chosen text.

York Notes offer an exciting and accessible key to your text, enabling you to develop your ideas and transform your studies!

 


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (28 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405896221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405896221
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Hardy was born in a cottage in Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, on 2 June 1840. He was educated locally and at sixteen was articled to a Dorchester architect, John Hicks. In 1862 he moved to London and found employment with another architect, Arthur Blomfield. He now began to write poetry and published an essay. By 1867 he had returned to Dorset to work as Hicks's assistant and began his first (unpublished) novel, The Poor Man and the Lady.

On an architectural visit to St Juliot in Cornwall in 1870 he met his first wife, Emma Gifford. Before their marriage in 1874 he had published four novels and was earning his living as a writer. More novels followed and in 1878 the Hardys moved from Dorset to the London literary scene. But in 1885, after building his house at Max Gate near Dorchester, Hardy again returned to Dorset. He then produced most of his major novels: The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), The Woodlanders (1887), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891), The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved (1892) and Jude the Obscure (1895). Amidst the controversy caused by Jude the Obscure, he turned to the poetry he had been writing all his life. In the next thirty years he published over nine hundred poems and his epic drama in verse, The Dynasts.

After a long and bitter estrangement, Emma Hardy died at Max Gate in 1912. Paradoxically, the event triggered some of Hardy's finest love poetry. In 1914, however, he married Florence Dugdale, a close friend for several years. In 1910 he had been awarded the Order of Merit and was recognized, even revered, as the major literary figure of the time. He died on 11 January 1928. His ashes were buried in Westminster Abbey and his heart at Stinsford in Dorset.

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In Thomas Hardy: Selected Poems Tim Armstrong brings together over 180 poems in the first comprehensively annotated selection of Hardy’s poetry. Unlike most previous selections, this edition preserves the shape of the poet’s career by presenting the poems in the order in which they appeared in the Collected Poems of 1930, rather than re-ordering them thematically.

Head notes to each poem give the reader information about its composition, publication, sources and metrical scheme; on-the-page notes list significant variants in Hardy’s manuscripts, point out literary and other allusions, and give explanatory glosses. An appendix contains a selection of relevant passages from Hardy’s notebooks, letters, and autobiography; and a bibliography suggests further reading.

Tim Armstrong’s critical Introduction discusses Hardy’s career, his poetics, his use of memory and allusion and examines his position in the context of Victorian debates on aesthetics and belief. The generous selection of poems includes many lesser-known poems as well as those which have received most critical commentary, and the important elegiac sequence ‘Poems of 1912-13’ is included in its entirety.

Tim Armstrong is Professor of Modern English and American Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of Haunted Hardy: Poetry, History, Memory (2000).

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840. He wrote novels and poetry, much of which is set in the semi-imaginary county of Wessex. His novels include Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the D'Urbervilles(1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895). He published his first volume of poetry, Wessex Poems, in 1898 and continued to publish collections of poems until his death on 11 January 1928. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for York Notes 19 May 2010
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As a teacher of English I have found the York Notes series of study aids invaluable over the years, and have yet to be let down by one. Considering the sheer quantity of poems that Thomas Hardy wrote in his long life this selection has done very well to narrow it down without sacrificing any key exam poems - from 'Neutral Tones' to 'Afterwards' to 'Under the Waterfall', there are extensive analytical notes, summaries, coverage of themes, context and language, as well as all the usual links, hints for study, and essay response advice that you'd expect from York Notes. Utterly invaluable for teachers and students of AS/A2 English Literature at AQA and also GCSE students aiming for an A*.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile 8 May 2009
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I thought it was very useful for condensed notes on each poem, extended commentary and background information is particularly useful. The only problem was that some of the important poems (for AS English Lit) were missed out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 16 Mar 2013
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gives secondasry criticisms and annotations on selected poems of Thomas Hardy and is very fitting if doing english literature at A level.
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