‘Hardy’s Two Voices: A Metrical Reading of “The Oxen”

Hughes, John D (2017) ‘Hardy’s Two Voices: A Metrical Reading of “The Oxen”. Hardy Review. ISSN 1934-8908

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Abstract

The companion essay on “The Oxen” in the previous issue had sought to respect the poem’s important critical, biographical and literary historical contexts while bringing out how much more there might be to say about a poem whose internal dynamics of skepticism and vision often inspire commentary rather than exploration or critical reading. This essay offers a close study of the workings of metre in “The Oxen” to argue that the poem’s meaning and effects are shaped extensively by an internal drama of voice and intonation.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thomas Hardy, metre, voice, “The Oxen,” religion, childhood.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Literary and Critical Studies
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2017 10:38
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 05:09
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4415

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