‘Wessex Poems’ and Others

1899–1900: Aet. 58–60
  • Florence Emily Hardy


In the early weeks of this year the poems were reviewed in the customary periodicals — mostly in a friendly tone, even in a tone of respect, and with praise for many pieces in the volume; though by some critics not without umbrage at Hardy’s having taken the liberty to adopt another vehicle of expression than prose-fiction without consulting them. It was probably these reviews that suggested to Hardy several reflections on poetry and criticism about this time, and the following gleanings of his opinions are from the rough entries he made thereon. Some no doubt were jotted down hastily, and might have been afterwards revised.


Real Kind Cycle Distance Poetic Texture Tragic Nature Central Hotel 
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  • Florence Emily Hardy

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