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Of Love and Loss
Hardy Yeats Larkin

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ISBN 9781032211237
April 20, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

A study of the poetry of Hardy, Yeats, and Larkin in relation to their shared preoccupation with time, change, and loss, the most ancient and fertile theme in lyric and reflective verse, known to earlier English poets as mutability. Though the importance of the socio-political and ideological context is in every case acknowledged, the literary-history context is viewed as primary: hence the introductory survey of foundational Renaissance and Romantic poets with whose work Hardy, Yeats, and Larkin were thoroughly familiar. Although a preoccupation with the subject of time and change in the work of these three poets is a critical commonplace, no one has ever isolated it for special attention, or used it to link them either together or with their historical predecessors. This is an entirely new approach to their work. The critical methodology employed is evidential and analytical rather than theoretical, focussed throughout on the meaning and the mood of each poem and the distinctive individuality of each poet.

Table of Contents



1.Time and Change: the Mutability Tradition

2. Hardy I: Joy

3. Hardy II. Pessimism

4. Yeats I: Faerie and Byzantium

5.Yeats II. The World of Time and Change

6. Larkin I: The Idealist

7. Larkin II. The Sad Pessimist


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The author was successively lecturer and professor at the University of Hull from 1961 until 1997. He is primarily a Shakespearean scholar, but his books and articles range widely, from Greek and medieval romance to Renaissance tragedy, the writings of William Morris and WB Yeats, and the novels of Conrad and William Trevor. He is also the author of a historical work, Bloodstains in Ulster, and a family memoir, Two Brothers, Two Wars. From the Western Front to the Burmese Jungle.