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‘Graver things … braver things’: Hardy's War Poetry

Ralph Pite

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0003

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

‘Graver things … braver things’: Hardy's War Poetry

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This chapter is concerned with Thomas Hardy's war poetry, which did not conform to the standards of the genre, emphasizing that war poetry is best understood in a sequence of feeling, where naivety gives way to disillusionment and mature understanding. It then introduces John Ruskin, who viewed conflict as morally beneficial, and also studies some of Hardy's poetry that touched upon the subjects of the war dead, home, and triumph.

Keywords: Thomas Hardy; war poetry; sequence of feeling; John Ruskin; conflict; war dead; home; triumph

Article.  8284 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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