Thomas Hardy
Dorchester / England
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"How Great My Grief" (Triolet)

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How great my grief, my joys how few,
Since first it was my fate to know thee!
- Have the slow years not brought to view
How great my grief, my joys how few,
Nor memory shaped old times anew,
   Nor loving-kindness helped to show thee
How great my grief, my joys how few,
   Since first it was my fate to know thee?
Dr Dillip K Swain 16 January 2021
I wonder how a very simple poem emanated from great Hardy. The straight forward with crystal clear meang.. nothing is there to interpret except to put spotlight on the depth of poet's grief.
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Suryendu Chaudhury 04 November 2020
There is a pensive note in this poem.
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Daniya 21 March 2018
Excellent theme of the poem and beautiful poem...??????
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Abhimanyu Kumar.s 28 November 2017
I have known him as a novelist but I think he deserves more for poetry too. Wonderful poem.
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* Sunprincess * 14 November 2015
.....wonderful poem, and excellent theme ?
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Human being having a good mind and inner awakening and love is always welcome in society and his services to the fellow human being is also helpful for the human development and basic and positive habits of compassion. The memories of the past is a continuing experience for an individual and someone more awakened surely reopens his mind and thinks about the past both the success and failures of the past and his own thinking of that time which is always an interesting subject which is not normally passing to others in conversations. Here the great poet opens his mind to himself and remembers the grief of the past and the few joys he have got in this worldly living.He understands the values of the universal power who gave such a fate and love in this life. The poem is an emotional one and poet himself thinks about himself and sees the universal power who destined the sorrow and happiness in once own life.
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Carlos Echeverria 13 June 2012
Hardy wisely chose and perfectly executed the best medium (the triolet) to playfully express wit and sarcasm.
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Nihoulu Lee 13 June 2012
i relly like this poem it makes me hard as a rock. dont worry, im asian so its okay for me to not be racist towards others. can someone tell me if hes a jew or not because i want to meet him if hes not.
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Nihoulu Lee 13 June 2012
This poem can be smd i belive it was ritten by a jew. im asian so im not racist.
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Oludipe Oyin Samuel 13 June 2012
Always together, eternally apart is grief and its factor. How great the grief, the joy how few... There's more to this piece... Hmmm. Does this mean fate can predetermine grief?
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