Thomas Hardy's Pastoral

Thomas Hardy's Pastoral

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Based on award-winning research, this original and insightful work reads Hardy's poetry of the rural as deeply rooted in the historical tradition of the pastoral mode even as it complicates and extends it. Adopting a cultural materialist approach that is both deeply committed to historical research and sensitively concerned with stylistic matters, it argues that the poetry illustrates Hardy's familiarity with the actualities of rural life, but that this familiarity is complicated by two factors. The first is Hardy's social position; the second, the relation between Hardy's poetry and classical pastoral. The result is that in addition to reinstating the original tensions of classical pastoral, Hardy dramatizes a heightened awareness of complex communities and the relations of class, labour, and gender. This is the first large-scale study of Hardy's poetry for more than thirty years, and its scope provides a convincing redrawing of the pastoral mode.In his poem, Hardy uses a specific example to make his point, attacking the very class that the Life suggests he wished to be a part of. ... Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing, Yellow, and black, and pale, ... (112: 1a€“6) Hardya#39;s poem begins: Yes; your up-dated modern pagea€” All flower-fresh, as it appearsa€” Can claim a time- tried lineage, That reaches backward fifty years (Which, if but short for sleepy squires, Is much inanbsp;...

Title:Thomas Hardy's Pastoral
Author: Indy Clark
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-09-30

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