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Palgrave Macmillan

Thomas Hardy: The Poems

ISBN 9780230349124
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Analysing Texts

Gillian Steinberg offers an approachable introduction to the poems of one of the most prolific and influential English writers, through an examination of wide-ranging selections from his work.

Part I of this invaluable study:
• provides clear and stimulating close readings of Thomas Hardy's key poems
• considers major themes in Hardy's poetry, including ghosts, God's role in the world, war, and the painful passage of time
• summarizes the methods of analysis and provides suggestions for further work.

Part II supplies essential background material, featuring:
• an account of Hardy's life and works
• samples of criticism from important Hardy scholars.

With a helpful Further Reading section, this insightful volume is ideal for anyone who wishes to appreciate and explore Hardy's poetry for themselves.

Gillian Steinberg is Associate Professor of English at Yeshiva College, New York, USA.

General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
A Note on the Text
Introduction
PART I: ANALYSING THOMAS HARDY'S POETRY
1. Poet as Storyteller
2. Ghosts
3. God, Man and the Natural World
4. War and Its Casualties
5. The Self and Time
PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS
6. Thomas Hardy's Life and Works
7. Critical Views
Notes
Further Reading
List of Works Cited
Index

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