BBC Radio 4: „Thomas Hardy’s Poetry“

Logo BBC bei Wikimedia Commons„Melvyn Bragg and guests dis­cuss Thomas Hardy (1840 –1928) and his com­mit­ment to poet­ry, which he prized far above his nov­els. In the 1890s, once he had earned enough from his fic­tion, Hardy stopped writ­ing nov­els alto­geth­er and returned to the poet­ry he had large­ly put aside since his twen­ties. He hoped that he might be ranked one day along­side Shel­ley and Byron, wor­thy of inclu­sion in a col­lec­tion such as Palgrave’s Gold­en Trea­sury which had inspired him. Hardy kept writ­ing poems for the rest of his life, in dif­fer­ent styles and metres, and he explored gen­res from nature, to war, to epic. Among his best known are what he called his Poems of 1912 to 13, respond­ing to his grief at the death of his first wife, Emma (1840 ‑1912), who he cred­it­ed as the one who had made it pos­si­ble for him to leave his work as an architect’s clerk and to write the nov­els that made him famous.
With Mark Ford (Poet, and Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish and Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture, Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don), Jane Thomas (Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hull and Senior Vis­it­ing Research Fel­low at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leeds), and Tim Arm­strong (Pro­fes­sor of Mod­ern Eng­lish and Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture at Roy­al Hol­loway, Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don).“

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