Wessex Poems and Other Verses (Dodo Press) Paperback – 4 May 2007
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About the Author
Thomas Hardy (1840 1928), enduring author of the twentieth century, wrote the classics Jude the Obscure, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and many other works.
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The collection opens with "The Temporary The All," the awkward writing of which ironically makes it probably Hardy's least accessible poem, though it is notable for immediately establishing central themes. Anyone intimidated by it should not give up, as there are many classic poems demonstrating Hardy's clarity, concision, and emotional directness. Indeed, some of my favorites are here, including "Hap," "A Confession To A Friend In Trouble," "Neutral Tones," "Her Dilemma," the "She To Him" sequence, "The Impercipient," and "`I Look Into My Glass.'"
These and many others are essential to anyone interested in Hardy's poetry. However, it is important to remember that Hardy continued writing poems over the next thirty years, publishing seven collections not counting long dramatic work. More importantly, in contrast to nearly all artists, his work remained consistent. Collected editions are thus ideal, especially as many are available, including some for little or no more than this single book. Only those who for some reason want Wessex Poems as a standalone should bother with anything else, great as this is in itself.