2015/11/19

Book Review:
Selected Poetry by Thomas Hardy

Title: Selected Poetry
Author: Thomas Hardy
Published: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 2009
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
A collection of poetry written by Thomas Hardy.


Review:
As you may know, I am a huge fan of Thomas Hardy, having loved a lot of his writing. I was really excited to read some of his poetry, and I found a lot of new favorites in this book, though of course, there were some that didn't appeal to me as much.

I must say, if you don't like things that are dark, sad and gloomy, this isn't for you. However, if you do, this is the collection to pick up, especially if you like a more classical style of poetry.

One of my favorite poems from this collection is The Haunter:

He does not think that I haunt here nightly
How shall I let him know
That whither his fancy sets him wandering
I, too, alertly go? -
Hover and hover a few feet from him
Just as I used to do
But cannot answer the words he lifts me -
Only listen thereto!

When I could answer he did not say them
When I could let him know
How I would like to join in his journeys
Seldom he wished to go
Now that he goes and wants me with him
More than he used to do
Never he sees my faithful phantom
Though he speaks thereto.

Yes, I companion him to placed
Only dreamers know
Where the shy hares print long paces
Where the night rooks go
Into old aisles where the past is all to him
Close as his shade can do
Always lacking the power to call to him
Never as I reach thereto!

What a good haunter I am, O tell him
Quickly make him know
If he but sigh since my loss befell him
Straight to his side I go
Tell him a faithful one is doing
All that love can do
Still that his path may be worth pursuing
And to bring peace thereto.
p. 86-87

Overall, a very enjoyable collection, with something for everyone, I should think. 


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