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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

1840 - 1928Thomas Hardy OM was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, including the poetry of William Wordsworth. He was highly critical of much in Victorian society, especially on the declining status of rural people in Britain, such as those from his native South West England. Many of his novels concern tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances, and they are often set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex; initially based on the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom, Hardy's Wessex eventually came to include the counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Hampshire and much of Berkshire, in southwest and south central England. Two of his novels, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd, were listed in the top 50 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.Read more on Wikipedia


A Backward Spring
A Broken Appointment
A Bygone Occasion (Song)
A Call To National Service
A Christmas Ghost-Story
A Church Romance
A Circular
A Commonplace Day
A Confession To A Friend In Trouble
A Conversation At Dawn
A Death-Day Recalled
A Dream Or No
A Dream Question
A Drizzling Easter Morning
A Duettist To Her Pianoforte Song Of Silence
A Gentleman's Epitaph On Himself And A Lady, Who Were Buried Together
A House With A History
A January Night
A Jog-Trot Pair
A King's Soliloquy
A Kiss
A Maiden's Pledge (Song)
A Man
A Man Was Drawing Near To Me
A Meeting With Despair
A Merrymaking In Question
A Military Appointment
A New Year's Eve In War Time
A Night In November
A Plaint To Man
A Poet
A Procession Of Dead Days
A Sign-Seeker
A Singer Asleep
A Sound In The Night
A Spot
A Sunday Morning Tragedy
A Thought In Two Moods
A Thunderstorm In Town
A Trampwoman's Tragedy
A Two-Years' Idyll
A Wasted Illness
A Week
A Wet August
A Wet Night
A Wife And Another
A Wife Comes Back
A Wife In London
A Wife Waits
A Woman Driving
A Woman's Fancy
A Woman's Trust
A Year Later (Serenade)
A Young Man'S Epigram On Existence
A Young Man's Exhortation
According To The Mighty Working
After A Journey
After A Romantic Day
After Reading Psalms XXXIX., XL., Etc.
After Schiller
After The Club-Dance
After The Fair
After The Last Breath
After The Visit
Afternoon Service At Mellstock
Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave?
An Ancient To Ancients
An Anniversary
An Appeal To America On Behalf Of The Belgian Destitute
An August Midnight
An Autumn Rain-Scene
An Experience
An Old Likeness
An Upbraiding
And There Was A Great Calm
Apostrophe To An Old Psalm Tune
Aquae Sulis
Architectural Masks
As 'Twere To-Night (Song)
At A Bridal
At A Country Fair
At A Hasty Wedding - (Triolet)
At A House In Hampstead Sometime The Dwelling Of John Keats
At A Lunar Eclipse
At A Seaside Town In 1869 - Young Lover's Reverie
At An Inn
At Castle Boterel
At Day-Close In November
At Lulworth Cove A Century Back
At Madame Tussaud's In Victorian Years
At Mayfair Lodgings
At Middle-Field Gate In February
At Moonrise And Onwards
At The Dinner-Table
At The Entering Of The New Year
At The Piano
At The Railway Station, Upway
At The Royal Academy
At The War Office, London
At The Wicket-Gate
At The Word "Farewell"
At Waking
Autumn In King's Hintock Park
Barthelemon At Vauxhall
Beeny Cliff
Before And After Summer
Before Knowledge
Before Life And After
Before Marching And After
Bereft, She Thinks She Dreams
Best Times
Between Us Now
Beyond The Last Lamp
Birds At Winter Nightfall - (Triolet)
By Henstridge Cross At The Year's End
By The Barrows
By The Earth's Corpse
By The Runic Stone
Cardinal Bembo's Epitaph On Raphael
Catullus: XXXI
Channel Firing
Copying Architecture In An Old Minster (Wimborne)
Could I But Will (Song)
Cry Of The Homeless - After The Prussian Invasion Of Belgium
De Profundis - II
De Profundis - III
De Profundis I
Doom And She
Drawing Details In An Old Church
Dream Of The City Shopwoman
During Wind And Rain
End Of The Year 1912
England To Germany In 1914
Evelyn G. Of Christminster
Everything Comes
Exeunt Omnes
Faintheart In A Railway Train
Fetching Her
First Or Last (Song)
First Sight Of Her And After
For Life I Had Never Cared Greatly
Former Beauties
Four Footprints
Friends Beyond
From Her In The Country
From Victor Hugo
Genoa And The Mediterranean
Geographical Knowledge
George Meredith
God's Education
God's Funeral
Going And Staying
Great Things
Growth In May
Had You Wept
Haunting Fingers - A Phantasy In A Museum Of Musical Instruments
He Abjures Love
He Fears His Good Fortune
He Follows Himself
He Prefers Her Earthly
He Revisits His First School
He Wonders About Himself
Heiress And Architect
Her Apotheosis
Her Confession
Her Death And After
Her Definition
Her Dilemma
Her Father
Her Immortality
Her Initials
Her Late Husband
Her Love-Birds
Her Reproach
Her Secret
Her Song
Her Temple
His Country
His Immortality
His Visitor
Honeymoon Time At An Inn
How Great My Grief - (Triolet)
I Found Her Out There
I Have Lived With Shades
I Knew A Lady (Club Song)
I Look In Her Face (Song: Minor)
I Look Into My Glass
I Looked Up From My Writing
I Met A Man
I Need Not Go
I Rose And Went To Rou'tor Town
I Rose Up As My Custom Is
I Said And Sang Her Excellence - Fickle Lover's Song
I Said To Love
I Say I'll Seek Her
I Sometimes Think
I Thought, My Heart
I Travel As A Phantom Now
I Was Not He (Song)
I Was The Midmost
I Worked No Wile To Meet You (Song)
If It's Ever Spring Again (Song)
If You Had Known
In A Cathedral City
In A Eweleaze Near Weatherbury
In A London Flat
In A Museum
In A Waiting-Room
In A Whispering Gallery
In A Wood
In Childbed
In Death Divided
In Her Precincts
In The British Museum
In The Days Of Crinoline
In The Garden
In The Mind's Eye
In The Night She Came
In The Old Theatre, Fiesole
In The Servants' Quarters
In The Seventies
In The Small Hours
In The Vaulted Way
In Time Of "The Breaking Of Nations"[1]
In Time Of Wars And Tumults
In Vision I Roamed
Intra Sepulchrum
It Never Looks Like Summer
John And Jane
Joys Of Memory
Just The Same
Last Words To A Dumb Friend
Let Me Enjoy
Life Laughs Onward
Lines To A Movement In Mozart's E-Flat Symphony
Logs On The Hearth
Lonely Days
Looking Across
Looking At A Picture On An Anniversary
Lost Love
Love The Monopolist - Young Lover's Reverie
Mad Judy
Meditations On A Holiday (A New Theme To An Old Folk-Jingle)
Memory And I
Men Who March Away - Song Of The Soldiers
Middle-Age Enthusiasms
Molly Gone
Moments Of Vision
More Love Lyrics
Murmurs In The Gloom
Mute Opinion
My Cicely
My Spirit Will Not Haunt The Mound
Nature's Questioning
Near Lanivet, 1872
Neutral Tones
New Year's Eve
News For Her Mother
Night In The Old Home
O I Won'T Lead A Homely Life
Often When Warring
Old Excursions
Old Furniture
On A Discovered Curl Of Hair
On A Fine Morning
On A Heath
On A Midsummer Eve
On An Invitation To The United States
On Christmas Eve (Serenade)
On One Who Lived And Died Where He Was Born
On Stinsford Hill At Midnight
On Sturminster Foot-Bridge - Onomatopoeic
On The Belgian Expatriation
On The Departure Platform
On The Doorstep
On The Tune Called The Old-Hundred-And-Fourth
On The Way
One Ralph Blossom Soliloquizes
One We Knew
Outside The Casement
Overlooking The River Stour
Paths Of Former Time
Paying Calls
Postscript "Men Who March Away" (Song Of The Soldiers)
Quid Hic Agis?
Rain On A Grave
Rake-Hell Muses
Read By Moonlight
Regret Not Me
Reminiscences Of A Dancing Man
Rome - At The Pyramid Of Cestius - Near The Graves Of Shelley And Keats
Rome - Building A New Street In The Ancient Quarter
Rome - The Vatican - Sala Delle Muse
Rome: On The Palatine
Royal Sponsors
Sacred To The Memory
San Sebastian
Sapphic Fragment
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - I At Tea
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - II In Church
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - III By Her Aunt's Grave
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - IV In The Room Of The Bride-Elect
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - IX At The Altar-Rail
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - V At A Watering-Place
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - VI In The Cemetery
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - VII Outside The Window
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - VIII In The Study
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - X In The Nuptial Chamber
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - XI In The Restaurant
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - XII At The Draper's
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - XIII On The Death-Bed
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - XIV Over The Coffin
Satires Of Circumstances In Fifteen Glimpses - XV In The Moonlight
Saying Good-Bye (Song)
Seen By The Waits
Seventy-Four And Twenty
She - At His Funeral
She Charged Me
She Did Not Turn
She Hears The Storm
She Revisits Alone The Church Of Her Marriage
She Who Saw Not
She, I, And They
She, To Him I
She, To Him II
She, To Him III
She, To Him IV
Shelley's Skylark
Shut Out That Moon
Side By Side
Signs And Tokens
Sitting On The Bridge
Something Tapped
Song From Heine
Song Of Hope
Song Of The Soldiers' Wives
Spectres That Grieve
St. Launce's Revisited
Starlings On The Roof
Summer Schemes
Tess's Lament
The Abbey Mason
The Ageing House
The Alarm
The Announcement
The Background And The Figure - Lover's Ditty
The Ballad-Singer
The Ballet
The Beauty
The Bedridden Peasant
The Blinded Bird
The Blow
The Bridge Of Lodi
The Bullfinches
The Burghers
The Caged Goldfinch
The Caged Thrush Freed And Home Again - (Villanelle)
The Casterbridge Captains
The Casual Acquaintance
The Change
The Chapel-Organist
The Cheval-Glass
The Child And The Sage
The Children And Sir Nameless
The Chimes
The Chimes Play "Life's A Bumper!"
The Choirmaster's Burial
The Chosen
The Christening
The Church-Builder
The Clock Of The Years
The Clock-Winder
The Collector Cleans His Picture
The Colonel's Soliloquy
The Colour
The Comet At Yalbury Or Yell'ham
The Coming Of The End
The Conformers
The Contretemps
The Convergence Of The Twain
The Coquette, And After - (Triolets)
The Coronation
The Country Wedding
The Curate's Kindness - A Workhouse Irony
The Curtains Now Are Drawn (Song)
The Dame Of Athelhall
The Dance At The Phoenix
The Dark-Eyed Gentleman
The Darkling Thrush
The Dawn After The Dance
The Dead And The Living One
The Dead Drummer
The Dead Man Walking
The Dead Quire
The Dear
The Death Of Regret
The Difference
The Discovery
The Dissemblers
The Division
The Dolls
The Dream Is Which?
The Dream-Follower
The Duel
The Elopement
The End Of The Episode
The Enemy's Portrait
The Face At The Casement
The Faded Face
The Fallow Deer At The Lonely House
The Farm-Woman's Winter
The Fiddler
The Figure In The Scene
The Fire At Tranter Sweatley's
The Five Students
The Flirt's Tragedy
The Garden Seat
The Ghost Of The Past
The Glimpse
The Going
The Going Of The Battery - Wives' Lament
The Haunter
The Head Above The Fog
The Homecoming
The House Of Hospitalities
The House Of Silence
The Husband's View
The Impercipient
The Inconsistent
The Inquiry
The Inscription (A Tale)
The Interloper
The Ivy-Wife
The Jubilee Of A Magazine
The King's Experiment
The Lacking Sense
The Lament Of The Looking-Glass
The Last Chrysanthemum
The Last Performance
The Last Signal
The Last Time
The Levelled Churchyard
The Little Old Table
The Lost Pyx - A Mediaeval Legend
The Maid Of Keinton Mandeville
The Man He Killed
The Man Who Forgot
The Man With A Past
The Marble Tablet
The Marble-Streeted Town
The Market-Girl
The Masked Face
The Master And The Leaves
The Memorial Brass: 186-
The Milestone By The Rabbit-Burrow
The Milkmaid
The Minute Before Meeting
The Moon Looks In
The Moth-Signal
The Mother Mourns
The Musical Box
The Nettles
The Newcomer's Wife
The Night Of The Dance
The Noble Lady's Tale
The Obliterate Tomb
The Occultation
The Old Gown (Song)
The Old Neighbour And The New
The Old Workman
The Opportunity
The Orphaned Old Maid
The Oxen
The Passer-By
The Peace-Offering
The Peasant's Confession
The Pedestrian
The Pedigree
The Phantom Horsewoman
The Photograph
The Pine Planters (Marty South's Reverie)
The Pink Frock
The Pity Of It
The Place On The Map
The Problem
The Puzzled Game-Birds - (Triolet)
The Rambler
The Rash Bride
The Re-Enactment
The Recalcitrants
The Rejected Member's Wife
The Reminder
The Respectable Burgher On "The Higher Criticism"
The Revisitation
The Riddle
The Rift (Song: Minor Mode)
The Rival
The Robin
The Roman Gravemounds
The Roman Road
The Ruined Maid
The Sacrilege - A Ballad-Tragedy
The Sailor's Mother
The Satin Shoes
The Schreckhorn
The Seasons Of Her Year
The Second Night (Ballad)
The Self-Unseeing
The Selfsame Song
The Sergeant's Song
The Seven Times
The Shadow On The Stone
The Sick God
The Sigh
The Singing Woman
The Sleep-Worker
The Slow Nature
The Something That Saved Him
The Souls Of The Slain
The Spell Of The Rose
The Spring Call
The Statue Of Liberty
The Strange House
The Stranger's Song
The Subalterns
The Sun On The Bookcase
The Sun On The Letter
The Sun's Last Look On The Country Girl (M. H.)
The Sunshade
The Superseded
The Supplanter - A Tale
The Sweet Hussy
The Telegram
The Temporary The All
The Tenant-For-Life
The To-Be-Forgotten
The Torn Letter
The Tree - An Old Man's Story
The Tree And The Lady
The Tresses
The Two Houses
The Two Men
The Two Rosalinds
The Two Soldiers
The Two Wives
The Unborn
The Upper Birch-Leaves
The Vampirine Fair
The Voice
The Voice Of The Thorn
The Voice Of Things
The Walk
The Wanderer
The Wedding Morning
The Well-Beloved
The West-Of-Wessex Girl
The Whipper-In
The Whitewashed Wall
The Widow
The Wind Blew Words
The Wind's Prophecy
The Wistful Lady
The Woman I Met
The Woman In The Rye
The Wood Fire (A Fragment)
The Workbox
The Wound
The Year's Awakening
The Young Churchwarden
The Young Glass-Stainer
The Youth Who Carried A Light
Then And Now
They Would Not Come
This Heart - A Woman's Dream
Thoughts Of Phena - At News Of Her Death
Timing Her
To A Lady (Offended By A Book Of The Writer's)
To A Lady Playing And Singing In The Morning
To A Well-Named Dwelling
To An Actress
To An Impersonator Of Rosalind
To An Orphan Child - A Whimsey
To An Unborn Pauper Child
To Carrey Clavel
To Flowers From Italy In Winter
To Life
To Lizbie Browne
To Meet, Or Otherwise
To My Father's Violin
To Outer Nature
To Shakespeare - After Three Hundred Years
To Sincerity
To The Moon
Under The Waterfall
V.R. 1819-1901 - A Reverie
Vagg Hollow
Voices From Things Growing In A Churchyard
Wagtail And Baby
We Sat At The Window
Welcome Home
Wessex Heights (1896)
What Did It Mean?
When I Set Out For Lyonnesse
Where The Picnic Was
Where They Lived
Where Three Roads Joined
While Drawing In A Church-Yard
Who's In The Next Room?
Why Be At Pains? - Wooer's Song
Why Did I Sketch
Winter In Durnover Field
Without Ceremony
Without, Not Within Her
Wives In The Sere
Yell'Ham-Wood's Story
You On The Tower
You Were The Sort That Men Forget
Your Last Drive
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