The Theme of Regret in Thomas Hardy’s Poetry

One of Thomas Hardy’s most powerful themes is, as Joanna Cullen Brown puts it, that ‘one awakes to understanding too late’. Many of his poems cover this territory, but take the Self Unseeing as an example: Here is the ancient floor, Footworn and hollowed and thin, Here was the former door Where the dead feet… Continue reading The Theme of Regret in Thomas Hardy’s Poetry

Thomas Hardy’s Poems 1912-13: Ghosts, Memory and the Presence of the Past

Throughout Thomas Hardy’s Poems of 1912-13, written after the sudden death of his first wife and originally published in the volume Satires of Circumastance, there’s a dominant theme of ‘haunting’, in both the supernatural and the psychological sense. Often this is a direct allusion, such as in the poem The Haunter, where the ghost of… Continue reading Thomas Hardy’s Poems 1912-13: Ghosts, Memory and the Presence of the Past