Sunninghill School, South Court, Souths Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1EB
A THS Conference Lecture by Dr Gregory Tate
Monday 13th July, 11am. Sunninghill School, Dorchester, Dorset.
Hardy's poems consistently try, and fail, to measure natural phenomena and human experiences. The metres (or measures) of his verse, regular yet idiosyncratic, embody his understanding of a universe which is uniform and quantifiable but at the same time inexplicable. This view of nature of was underpinned by Hardy's knowledge of nineteenth-century physics. And it was further supported by his reading in Albert Einstein's theories of relativity, which affirmed the view, express throughout his poetry, that the subjective observations of different people are irreconcilable with one another.
Greg Tate is a Lecturer in Victorian Literature. In 2013 he was named as a BBC New Generation Thinker, and in 2017-18 he was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. He is the author of two monographs: The Poet's Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry (2012) and Nineteenth-Century Poetry and the Physical Sciences: Poetical Matter (2019). He has published essays on Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Jane Austen, John Keats, Humphry Davy, and science in the nineteenth-century periodical press. He is currently editing a volume of the poetry and prose of Arthur Hugh Clough for Oxford University Press's 21st-Century Oxford Authors series.
Tickets are £8 (Free for full conference members)