How She Went to Ireland

By Thomas Hardy 1840–1928 Thomas Hardy
Dora’s gone to Ireland
    Through the sleet and snow;
Promptly she has gone there
    In a ship, although
Why she’s gone to Ireland
    Dora does not know.

That was where, yea, Ireland,
    Dora wished to be:
When she felt, in lone times,
    Shoots of misery,
Often there, in Ireland,
    Dora wished to be.

Hence she’s gone to Ireland,
    Since she meant to go,
Through the drift and darkness
    Onward labouring, though
That she’s gone to Ireland
    Dora does not know.

Source: Thomas Hardy: The Complete Poems (2001)

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Poet Thomas Hardy 1840–1928

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Activities, Travels & Journeys

Occasions Farewells & Good Luck

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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One of the most renowned poets and novelists in English literary history, Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in the English village of Higher Bockhampton in the county of Dorset. He died in 1928 at Max Gate, a house he built for himself and his first wife, Emma Lavinia Gifford, in Dorchester, a few miles from his birthplace. Hardy’s youth was influenced by the musicality of his father, a stonemason and fiddler, and his mother, Jemima . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Travels & Journeys

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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