‘Love, praise, indifference, blame’: Hardy's Emma Poems
Phillip Mallett, University of St Andrews
This talk looks at some of the 150 or so poems Hardy wrote about his first wife, Emma, after her death in 1912. It begins by asking, who are these poems for? And goes on to explore themes of speech and silence, memory and loss, and love and blame.
Phillip Mallett is Honorary Senior Lecturer in English at the University of St Andrews, and Honorary Researcher at Lancaster University. He is a Vice-President of both the Hardy Society and the Thomas Hardy Association, and was former editor of the Thomas Hardy Society’s journals. In addition to essays on writers from John Donne to Larkin and Heaney, his published work includes a biography of Rudyard Kipling, and editions of The Return of the Native and The Mayor of Casterbridge for Norton, of The Woodlanders for Wordsworth Classics, and of Under the Greenwood Tree for Oxford World’s Classics. He has also edited a number of collections of essays, most recently The Victorian Novel and Masculinity for Palgrave.
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