'According to the Mighty Working'

By Thomas Hardy 1840–1928 Thomas Hardy

                         I

When moiling seems at cease
       In the vague void of night-time,
       And heaven's wide roomage stormless
       Between the dusk and light-time,
       And fear at last is formless,
We call the allurement Peace.

                         II

Peace, this hid riot, Change,
       This revel of quick-cued mumming,
       This never truly being,
       This evermore becoming,
       This spinner's wheel onfleeing
Outside perception's range.

Source: Thomas Hardy: The Complete Poems (Palgrave, 2001)

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Poet Thomas Hardy 1840–1928

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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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 Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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