Selected Poems of Thomas Hardy Author:John Crowe Ransom (Editor) "Coming by chance upon certain short poems of Thomas Hardy we experience the shock of recognition with which we hail some bold new verse that is still within the canon of poetry--that moves us as deeply as the pieces of our own nationals. We knew that the old Victorian novelist had turned to poetry; or perhaps we even knew that he had only retur... more »ned to his first and favored Muse. But we could not have foreseen the values of hate ingenuity of his imagination."
John Crowe Ransom, himself a distinguished poet and critic, has made here a discriminating selection of the best of Hardy and has written, for an introduction, a brilliant essay on the body of Hardy's work. Here is Thomas Hardy as naturalist, as heretic, as fabulist, as disaffected Victorian--and as the principal Voice of Irony among the poets of his age.« less