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Thomas Hardy

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

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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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  • 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 bare
    As the pale parting-line in hair
    Across the heath.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Roman Road (l. 1-3). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macmil...
  • ''Uprises there
    A mother's form upon my ken,
    Guiding my infant steps, as when
    We walked that ancient, thoroughfare,
    The Roman Road.''
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Roman Road (l. 11-15). . . The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy. James Gibson, ed. (1978) Macm...
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  • Arthur Tugman (11/5/2011 4:51:00 PM)

    To every failure there’s Hell
    and all success is heavenly.
    - Arthur Tugman

  • Arthur Tugman (11/5/2011 4:46:00 PM)

    Come hither or go yon
    in your quest for success
    or else be content
    to dither in failure.
    - Arthur Tugman

    Come hither or go yon
    in your quest for success
    or else be content
    to dither in failure.
    - Arthur Tugman

  • Maricel Padilla (6/13/2006 9:13:00 PM)

    Hi Thomas...........Hello...... How are you? this is Maricel from Philippines and i would like to tell you that you are very good and great so much in your poet......i like it very much........i hope you can tell me what is your secret there how to write a poet like that you wrote....ok...heheh joke only....cus you know i dont have yet one poet that i write here, its great for you........well anyway thomas thanks again for your very nice poet........ok takecare there always and have a nice to day to you there and to all...............see you! ! !
    always,
    Maricel

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