Thomas Hardy was born June 2, 1840, in the village of Upper Bockhampton, located in Southwestern England. His father was a stone mason and a violinist. His mother enjoyed reading and relating all the folk songs and legends of the region. Between his parents, Hardy gained all the interests that would appear in his novels and his own life: his love for architecture and music, his interest in the lifestyles of the country folk, and his passion for all sorts of literature.
At the age of eight, Hardy began to attend Julia Martin's school in Bockhampton. However, most of his education came from the books he found in Dorchester, the nearby town. He learned French, German, and Latin by ... more »
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- "How Great My Grief" (Triolet)
- "Between Us Now"
- A Meeting With Despair
- The Darkling Thrush
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Twilight combined with the scenery of Egdon Heath to evolve a thing majestic without severity, impressive without showiness, emphatic in its admonitions, grand in its simplicity. The qualifications wh...Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Return of the Native, book first, ch. I (1878).
He had been a lad of whom something was expected. Beyond this all had been chaos. That he would be successful in an original way, or that he would go to the dogs in an original way, seemed equally pro...Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Return of the Native, book third, ch. I (1878).
The place became full of a watchful intentness now; for when other things sank brooding to sleep the heath appeared slowly to awake and listen. Every night its Titanic form seemed to await something; ...Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Return of the Native, book first, ch. 34 (1878).
''The Roman Road runs straight and bareThomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Roman Road (l. 1-3). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmil...
As the pale parting-line in hair
Across the heath.''
''Uprises thereThomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Roman Road (l. 11-15). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macm...
A mother's form upon my ken,
Guiding my infant steps, as when
We walked that ancient, thoroughfare,
The Roman Road.''
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