Thomas Hardy was a poet from the late 1800s. His career was being an architect and poetry was just an activity he would do on the side. He then realized he had a passion for poetry and made it his career. As he grew up he went through occurrences which lead him to becoming an atheist. He wrote many poems about how people suffer and questions why God lets that happen. In his atheistic poetry, Thomas Hardy states how God should not be in people’s lives.
Thomas Hardy was a novelist and a poet. He was born on June 2, 1840 in Dorset, England. He died on January 11, 1928. His father was a builder, while his mother home schooled him until age eight and then he went to school. Hardy was very good at school but did not discover is passion for writing yet. Thomas Hardy’s parents were Jemima Hardy and Thomas Hardy the first. Jemima had a miserable childhood and promised herself that she would raise her children to be happy. The two raised their children with happiness in all their lives. He had two sisters and one brother named Mary, Kate, and Henry. They were close siblings that loved their parents and family. His sister grew up to become teachers and his brother took over his father’s architect business of building homes.
When he turned sixteen he became an apprenticed for a local architect. They worked on Churches. In 1862, Hardy went to King’s College, London and studied architecture. He was very well at architecture and received prizes, including prizes for the Royal Instituted of British Architects and the Architectural Association. On the side, Hardy wrote for fun. He decided he really enjoyed it and was his passion and to make it his career.
Hardy had a way of making his poetry appealing to others. Thomas Hardy always uses irony in his poems, like in “Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave.” The poem is about a dead man trying to figure out who is digging on his grave, when at the end there is no man at all. He uses it to make the readers wonders and giggle to themselves. Hardy uses humor in many of his poems. He even uses humor in the ones about death. He says, “—‘O it is I, my mistress dear, / Your little dog, who still lives near, / And much I hope my movements here / Have not disturbed your rest?’” (21 - 24) He adds humor when he guesses it is a dog digging on his grave. After coming to the end of ‘Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?’ the reader realizes that the title would have been more accurate – even if less interesting – if called ‘Oh. No One Is Digging on My Grave.’” (Hockman, 1) The poem shows how Hardy had a sick humor about death.
Hardy enjoyed making people laugh and did this in his poems. He also uses humor in his poem “The Man He Killed.” The poem is about a man who kills another man. He says “I shot him dead because-- / Because he was my foe, / Just so: my foe of course he was; / That's clear enough; although,” (9 - 12). According to people, like Grant Webster who have studied Hardy’s poem, this was funny in Hardy’s humor because he...