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  1. Thank you for clarifying this Jackson. I knew I...

    Thank you for clarifying this Jackson. I knew I had not imagined it - but it was many years ago that I was last in Oxford. The mists of time, and all that....
  2. Isn`t there a building in Oxford connected to one...

    Isn`t there a building in Oxford connected to one of the Colleges that holds a copy of EVERY book that has ever been published ? I am sure that a tour guide told us this once - can somebody please...
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    I am well Danik; thank you for asking. Still...

    I am well Danik; thank you for asking. Still immersing myself in Hardy...:)
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    Thomas Hardy was born 177 years ago today on the...

    Thomas Hardy was born 177 years ago today on the 2nd of June 1840.

    The Self-Unseeing:

    Here is the ancient floor,
    Footworn and hollow and thin,
    Here was the former door
    Where the dead feet...
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    Good evening tailor STATELY, Thank you so much...

    Good evening tailor STATELY,

    Thank you so much for responding. I had no idea that it was quoted from Horace, but that figures, as he was one of Hardy`s favourite poets. Typical too of Hardy`s...
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    Help with a spot of Latin

    I wonder if any LitNet member could help me with a Latin quote, and translate it into English ?

    "Quicquid delirant reges, plectuntur Achivi !"

    It was written by Thomas Hardy in one of his...
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    I would say (I am biased) that the first chapter...

    I would say (I am biased) that the first chapter of `The Return of the Native` by Thomas Hardy is one of the finest pieces of descriptive writing ever...

    In fact, trawl through any of his novels...
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    The 7th stanza of `Wessex Heights` is certainly...

    The 7th stanza of `Wessex Heights` is certainly about Mrs Henniker. To varying degrees the following poems are considered to be about her:

    A Thunderstorm in Town
    At an Inn
    In Death Divided
    Come...
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    Hi Seumas99, It is well worth looking into...

    Hi Seumas99,

    It is well worth looking into this chapter of his life. I think there are about a dozen of his poems relating to his (imaginary ?) love affair with Florence Henniker, and they...
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    Hi Seumas99, As you may know, `A Broken...

    Hi Seumas99,

    As you may know, `A Broken Appointment` concerns Hardy`s infatuation with Mrs Florence Henniker. She refused to return his advances however, citing her Christian beliefs would not...
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    Thomas Hardy anniversary

    Thomas Hardy died 89 years ago today at his house Max Gate, on the outskirts of Dorchester. This is one of my (many) favourite poems of his;

    `An August Midnight`

    A shaded lamp and a waving...
  12. I thought they were both songwriters !? Keats was...

    I thought they were both songwriters !? Keats was a poet. Robert Browning was a poet....
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    `Christmas 1924` `Peace upon earth !` was...

    `Christmas 1924`

    `Peace upon earth !` was said. We sing it,
    And pay a million priests to bring it.
    After two thousand years of mass
    We`ve got as far as poison-gas.

    Thomas Hardy. 1924
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    Hello Ecurb, YesNo and Clopin, I am reading...

    Hello Ecurb, YesNo and Clopin,

    I am reading your comments with interest. Please could each of you state whether you agree with "Brexit" or not, and explain why ?

    Kind regards.
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    This affects me. I am British. I live in Great...

    This affects me. I am British. I live in Great Britain. I voted to leave the European Union. I want to be governed by an elected British government, accountable to me. What is wrong with that ? By...
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    Did she, or didn`t she ? I personally believe...

    Did she, or didn`t she ?

    I personally believe that she did commit suicide. Suicides feature heavily in Hardy`s works. I get the feeling, reading between the lines, and seeing things from a...
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    Queen Mab (Percy Bysshe Shelley) I used to...

    Queen Mab (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

    I used to read this poem quite a lot in my youth. It gets us off the rather difficult "Q" at least...:hurray:
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    A degree ? Good Lord, no - not even an "O" level...

    A degree ? Good Lord, no - not even an "O" level in English Literature ! No, just a passion for a damn good story...:thumbs_up
    To be honest, when I first read a Hardy novel (Tess), I was intrigued...
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    Domicilium (Thomas Hardy) Thomas Hardy was...

    Domicilium (Thomas Hardy)

    Thomas Hardy was born 176 years ago today (2nd June 1840)

    These are lines taken from the above poem, written when he was about 16 years old. His Grandmother is...
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    Where were we up to ? D I think... The Darling...

    Where were we up to ? D I think...

    The Darling Buds of May (H. E. Bates)

    A novel I only came upon last year. Another topographical novel - set in the Kent countryside in the 1950s. Nice...:cool:
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    Emma Hardy was Thomas Hardy`s first wife. Shortly...

    Emma Hardy was Thomas Hardy`s first wife. Shortly before her death in 1912 she published a slim volume of poetry entitled Alleys. In the latter years of their marriage they became increasingly...
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    I do beg your pardon Danik :blush:....I had no...

    I do beg your pardon Danik :blush:....I had no idea you were a lady. I shall take your comment about me seeming "so English" as a great compliment though :thumbs_up.

    Jackson, the only mention of...
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    Gentlemen, I think I have (unintentionally)...

    Gentlemen, I think I have (unintentionally) fooled you both ! Danik, I am most definitely not from China. "Tam Lin" is the title of a traditional Scottish Border Ballad collected by the 19thC...
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    The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (Ann...

    The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (Ann Radcliffe)

    If I remember correctly this was her final novel, and the only one not to be set abroad (it being set in Scotland, which is not yet...
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    Yesterday, the weather being particularly fine in...

    Yesterday, the weather being particularly fine in the north of England we journeyed to Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire for a day out. Whilst enjoying the surrounding landscape we visited St Mary and St...
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