Abstract

This essay explores Thomas Hardy's strategies for generating lyric emotion through the vehicle of abstraction, rather than through identification with immediate personal experience. Looking at a number of poems that reflect on the dynamics of knowledge and perspective, it shows that Hardy's skeptical outlook leads him to define an unusual relationship in his poems between knowledge and experience—one that undermines Romantic models and anticipates a modernist tradition to which Hardy is often understood to be opposed.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1464
Print ISSN
0022-281X
Pages
pp. 95-115
Launched on MUSE
2007-08-23
Open Access
No
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