Although I like Hardy's style, I found some of these poems a trifle heavy, even taking into account the plethora of allegorical mythological references which littered poetry during this period.
I enjoyed Embarcation, a poignant, incisively view of soldiers going off to fight for what amounted, in Hardy's eyes, to a senseless war. Christmas Ghost Story took a well-earned cynical look at the ideology of war from a religious standpoint.
The Darkling Thrush will probably always be my favourite Hardy poem: It is such a clever creation, evoking elements of Nature, Life and Death in a few short verses; and using the song of the thrush as a vehicle.
This is useful collection for anyone wanting an insight into a broad brush range of Hardy's poetry, as well as his philosophies.