Thomas Hardy: The Complete Poems Paperback – 15 Nov 2001
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'When the paperback of Gibson's Complete Poems is in stock, why buy anything else?' - Professor Dennis Taylor, University of Boston
'Don't order a selection at all if you can get the Complete Poems.' - Professor William Morgan, State University of Illinois
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JAMES GIBSON was formerly Principal Lecturer in English at Christ Church College, Canterbury.
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Before I bought this I owned a "Selected poems of Thomas Hardy". Selections are highly personal. The selected poems I bought did not contain my favourite Hardy poem: "Weathers". ('This is the weather the cuckoo likes / and so do I / when showers betumble the chestnut spikes / and nestlings fly...'). Having bought the complete poems I am discovering many new favourites.
Don't miss out as I did for ** (too many) years. Don't go for someone else's selection but choose your own favourites from the complete poems.
This volume contains, as the title states, all of his poems (and he wrote a LOT of poetry). And the poems are consistently brilliant. It is a well edited volume, has a useful if short introduction and a map of TH's Wessex.
There are plenty of selected poems available, but with the Complete Poems available for just over fifteen quid, why bother with a mere selection?
I have to say that the outside lets it down - at least as regards the copy delivered to me. It turns out to be one of those 'print on demand' editions and you do NOT get the nice rural scene shown on the right, above (you don't get a dustjacket, either). You get a nasty, geometric design in shades of grey with plain black lettering in a black box; there is no dustjacket. The thing looks like a science textbook and is really not appropriate to its contents. I assume this is Palgrave Macmillan's all-purpose cover for 'print on demands'.
Inside, it contains all the poems Hardy is known to have written and they are laid out in clear and reasonable-sized print. There is little in the way of extras - a short introduction by Gibson and some notes at the back, mainly giving info on and differences in different publications of the individual poems (so you have to look elsewhere for help with dialect words, for instance). It has the usual indices of titles and first lines. It also has a handful of illustrations Hardy made for earlier publications of his poems.
If I go to the expense of buying a hardback I don't think it's unreasonable to expect something reasonably attractive and appropriate in external appearance (else I'd buy a paperback) and I shall be more careful in future.
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Lovely product. Front cover a little dull but otherwise perfect.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Believe me when I say this is an amazing collection of Hardy's poetry. I am a degree student studying English Literature and discovered Hardy whilst studying Victorian poetry. Read morePublished on 16 April 2011 by Yetifeet77