How many poems did Thomas Hardy write?


How many poems did Thomas Hardy write?

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (June 2, 1840 - January 11, 1928) was an English novelist and poet. His major novels include Far From The Maddening Crowd, Tess of the d'Ubervilles and Jude the Obscure. His first poetry collection Wessex Poems, was published in 1898 and like much of his fiction, was set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex.

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Despite his success as a novelist, Hardy considered himself a poet first. He wrote over 800 poems in his lifetime, and published them through his eighties. Wessex Poems feature poetry collected over thirty years of his life. Hardy wrote in variety of poetic forms including dramatic monologues, lyrics, ballads, satire and dialogue. His most famous poems include After a Journey and The Voice, both from "Poems of 1912-13", part of Satires of Circumstance. He also wrote a great deal of poetry about the major wars of the early 20th century, including Drummer Hodge and The Man He Killed.

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