A sublime poetry reading experience

'Where the Picnic Was' with a Musical Accompaniment by Gary Cunliffe

A sublime poetry reading experience

(2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928)

This is an invitation to spend time reading just one poem by Thomas Hardy whilst a piece of music attempts to tell its story. Sometimes we read poems too quickly and judge wrongly that they have nothing much to say…  

More than 10 years ago I arranged a piece of classical music intended to reflect the mood of this poem, one of my favourites amongst many where Thomas is concerned. Here I share it for Hardy's 180th birthday.


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© Gary Cunliffe 2020


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