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date: 22 February 2020

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This article examines the poetry of Thomas Hardy. It suggests that while his novels dealt with the various aspects of pervasive misfortune, his poetry offered a different repertoire of formal effect with which he could continue the business of imagining imperfection. Several of his poems are considered, including ‘Neutral Tones’, ‘The Lacking Sense’, ‘The Caged Goldfinch’, ‘The Darkling Thrush’, and ‘The Voice’.

Keywords: Victorian poetry, Thomas Hardy, poems, misfortune, imperfection

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