Thursday, January 21, 2016
author: Thomas Hardy
average rating: 3.94
book published: 1928
read at: 2016/01/21
date added: 2016/01/21
I was pleased to be able to read 'Selected Poems' by Thomas Hardy (edited by Robert Mezey). I was aware that he had written poems but I don't think I'd had the chance to read any.
Hardy wrote more than 900 poems, which seem like a pretty overwhelming place to start, so this is a good selection since there are sixty-nine presented here from a variety of time over his career from 1898 to 1917. These are solid poems and probably not the sort of collection that should be read straight through. There are themes of war and love and loss. Lots of loss. Hardy has at least one poem in this collection written after his wife died. There are themes that recur, but that doesn't make the collection feel tedious or repetitious. The curation is good, and there are footnotes scattered along the way to help illuminate passages or historical data.
I was glad to get a chance to read this collection and I emjoyed the poems presented.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Dover Publications and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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