This collection of 152 poems was published in November 1925 under the full descriptive title (which remains unchanged) of Human Shows, Far Fantasies, Songs, and Trifles. It is longer than every other volume of Hardy’s poetry except Late Lyrics and Earlier. As in Winter Words, poems of reminiscence and observation (particularly of outdoor scenes) are on the increase. Some of the former were undoubtedly the product of memories awakened by Hardy’s interest in notes and letters when he and his wife were jointly engaged in compiling the first part of his life story.
KeywordsOutdoor Scene Late Lyric Henry VIII Greek Physician Human Show
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