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  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2001 edition (15 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333949293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333949290
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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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

About the Author

JAMES GIBSON was formerly Principal Lecturer in English at Christ Church College, Canterbury.


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By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
At first glance this may seem a bit pricey compared to a selection but it's worth the money. Thomas Hardy was a prolific poet with a wide range of interests and a good imagination. This book runs to nearly 1,000 pages.
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.
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Thomas Hardy is one of the greatest poets Britian has ever produced. He produced lyric poetry of a standard that has never really been surpassed. TH always regarded himself primarily as a poet. He only wrote the (ever popular) novels as a way of making a living. Following the huge success of Tess and Jude, he was able to concentrate fully on poetry. The controversy that surrounded those two novels probably helped to push him away from fiction. I am greatful for this as, whilst I like the novels, I think he was much more satisfying as a poet.
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?
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I seem to remember hearing somewhere that Hardy wrote 918 published poems, no two of which follow the same rhyme and rhythm scheme. It may or may not be true ; certainly one keynote of these poems is variety. Some have strong narratives ; some reflect (usually rather bitterly) on life ; some are ardent ; some celebrate the past, or historical events ; some recall country customs and traditions ; some are humorous (usually in an ironic or bitter-sweet way) ; some - the very best, I think - are elegaic, the poems written after the death of his first wife, in which he recalls the intense memories of their early time together and, driven by guilt - their marriage turned very sour and he was capable of great cruelty - laments how those days, so vivid in memory, gave way to others more problematic, and can never return. Hardy was a great novelist, a great short story writer but, I think and even greater poet, and this collection provides the evidence.
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By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
While studying Hardy's poetry some time ago I found James Gibson's editorial extremely interesting and helpful. I have since found he brings a knowledge and understanding of Hardy to every book he has edited which to me adds to the appeal of what I regard to be the most wonderful author of poetry and prose ever.
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This is a review of the hardback version.

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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Hardy is one of the most substantial artists of any field Britain has ever produced. His novels were so visual it's not surprising most of them have been made into at least one film. Here in this 'must have' poetry collection we can see his deep gift for highly personal, intense and beautifully lyrical verse. Some of his poems will carry you into the green fields of your mind, some of them will haunt you, as Hardy himself was haunted by the issues he writes so painfully honestly about. And many of them will never leave you. Hardy was never a mere craftsman, although this has always been his highest virtue with most critics. No, he was much, much more than that, as the great legion of Hardy fans will be very keen to let you know. This is a sumptuous and essential collection of English poems.
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