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(2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 / Dorchester / England)

"I Have Lived With Shades"

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I have lived with shades so long,
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  • Andrew Hoellering (6/15/2009 12:34:00 AM)

    I would agree with the statement, and suggest you read the following poems, all reproduced here.
    Beeny Cliff and At Castle Boterel (both following the death of his first wife.)
    When I set out for Lyonnesse.
    I look into my Glass.
    The Darkling Thrush.
    In Time of Breaking of Nations.
    Channel Firing.
    The Man he Killed.
    Men who March Away.
    In Tenebris.

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  • Andrew Fincham (4/20/2009 5:52:00 AM)

    I've read today (? C. Tomlin's biography?) that the death of his estranged wife changed Hardy from a good to a great poet.

    Can anyone point me towards such poems?

    Thanks x

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