Thomas Hardy saw himself, first and foremost, as a poet and he
composed poetry throughout his prolific and acclaimed
novel-writing years. In 1896, dismayed by the criticism he
received on publication of Jude the Obscure, he astonished
his worldwide readership by announcing that he would write no
more novels. From 1898, until his death in 1928, Hardy published
eight volumes of poetry - beginning with Wessex Poems and
Other Verses - and... more...