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Analyse The Poetry Of Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy is an intriguing and enigmatic poet whose poetic themes deviate from war, nature and heroism to love, the transience of life and the death of the soul. Though penned some eighty years ago, the poetry of Thomas Hardy remains remarkably accessible and identifiable to a modern reader. While some critic's claim that his poetic writing is archaise. His language elegant but awkward and his work difficult to comprehend, I enjoyed the poetry of Hardy for its diversity of themes, its earthly realism and his descriptive and metaphorical language. I identified and empathised with his poetry of love and loss, change and decay. Whether he is describing the transience of life and the onslaught of time "Down their carved names the raindrop ploughs" or the mystery, enchantment and wonder of first love "with magic in my eyes", the world that Hardy creates is always vivid and real for his reader."When I set out for Lyonnesse" is a beautiful, sad, magical and poignant lyric that captures the magic, mystery and wonder of first love. Despite the fact that the poem describes the wonder and joy that the poet feels for his new love, the poem is devoid of any specific details about the narrators beloved, their initial meeting or the nature of their relationship. And it is because of this, because of the poet's description of an emotion rather than an event that "When I set out for Lyonnesse" becomes a universal love poem to all and for all that have ever loved or have hoped to love. While much of Hardy's work focus upon the irrationality of war, the transience of life and the destructive progress of time, "When I set out for Lyonnesse" is different in many respects, depicting great personal happiness, fulfilment and love, a transforming and memorable moment in the poets life, a time where everything has changed. Despite the joy and happiness that the poet describes, it is impossible to ignore the poignancy of this simple lyric. After all, Hardy composed this poem after his wife's death, forty-four years after their initial encounter. Biographical details indicate the marriage was an unhappy and unfulfilling one. Hardy might thus be suggesting that despite the fervour, romance and enchantment of first love, such feelings will never last, that love itself is little more than an elaborate illusion, that love is transience, as subject to the ravages of time as we are.On the 7th March 1870, at the second bidding, Hardy travelled to St Juiliot in Cornwall to draw an architect's plan of the church. It was during this visit that Hardy was to meet, fall in love with and eventually to marry Emma Gifford. Their marriage was thirty-eight years long and an unhappy one. After Emma passed away Hardy found a series of manuscripts among his wife's possessions. One of them described their first meeting and it appears that it was this manuscript that provided the motivation for this poem. Hardy noted "I have a faculty for burying emotion in heart or brain for forty years and...

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