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Poems of Thomas Hardy (Penguin Red Classics) Kindle Edition
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The ebook edition does have a number of rather glaring faults. For some reason, except where he numbered stanzas, Hardy's division of his poems into verses has been done away with. In some poems the division into verses is integral to the poem's construction, for example in Afterwards, Wessex Heights and During Wind and Rain. Not having the stanza breaks detracts greatly from the enjoyment of reading the poems. There is no reason for it and it seems to indicate a certain fecklessness in production by the publishers.
The book does have a table of contents where each poem is listed but the table cannot be reached from the Go To facility on Kindle. To get to it after reading poems you have either to go to the cover and page forward or go to the Beginning, which takes you to the introduction, and page backwards. There is no index of poems by titles or first lines so the table of contents is the only way of navigating to individual poems.
All told, given the price, this thoughtlessness of production leaves you feeling a bit miffed. And the price is an issue. This is an ebook delivered by simple electronic transfer.Read more ›
I like to read the poems out loud ...... just for myself! Nice to reminded of slower times.
Claire Tomalin has established herself as a respected literary biographer. Recently I read her account of Dickens’ life, but confess that I have yet to find my way to her biography of Hardy. The poems give a very balanced representation and include all the most widely anthologised poems, so it is unlikely that anyone will be disappointed to find a personal favourite missing. We all have our favourites often growing from Hardy’s touching on an experience that is uncannily close to one of our own. Two of mine are “The Voice” and “Drummer Hodge”. Many may be more drawn to those that focus on the Wessex landscape so familiar from the novels.
This anthology will make a fine addition to the poetry bookshelf and not one that will gather dust there. It would also be an attractive present to any poetry lover. A mild word of warning: do not try to remove the large sticky label on the back cover unless you are keen to remove a fair portion of the cover itself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great to dip into and carry around. I'm no expert, but there's a good variety of subjects, and the poet comes across as a decent man.Published on 4 Feb. 2014 by PB HUNT
This is a good collection of Hardys romantic poetry,despite being known as an author,he considered himself a poet first and foremost. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2013 by mr ian c stockley