Wessex Poems and Other Verses
Wessex Poems and Other Verses (often referred to simply as Wessex Poems) is a collection of fifty-one poems set against the bleak and forbidding Dorset landscape by English writer Thomas Hardy. It was first published in 1898 by New York: Harper, ISBN 1-58734-021-6, and contained a number of illustrations by the author himself.
The collection met a broadly hostile reception, critics being accustomed to Hardy as a (controversial) writer of prose alone. Hardy himself was taken aback by the failure to recognise his dry humour, as in the (slightly bawdy) 'Bride-Night Fire'.
Two notable early poems from the collection (1860s) were "Hap" and 'Amabel' - the latter exploring the theme of sexual attraction impacted by age taken up by The Well-Beloved. 'She at His Funeral' was a tribute to Hardy's friend Horace Moule; while the bitter "Neutral Tones" and the cheerful 'Sergeant's Song' show further aspects of Hardy's range of poetic subjects.
- M.Seymour-Smith, Thomas Hardy (London 1994) p. 637
- T & F. Hardy, Thomas Hardy (Ware 2007) p. 311
- M.Seymour-Smith, Thomas Hardy (London 1994) p. 561
- M.Seymour-Smith, Thomas Hardy (London 1994) p. 597
- M.Seymour-Smith, Thomas Hardy (London 1994) p. 177
- I. Ousby ed., The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English (Cambridge 1995) p. 1007