Thomas Hardy

Born June 2, 1840 in Stinsford, United Kingdom

Died January 11, 1928 in Dorchester, United Kingdom

Thomas Hardy was both a poet and a novelist. He thought of himself more as a poet than novelist. One of his main influences was Charles Dickens. He started writing novels first, that is how he became known. Later on he started writing poems, his first poem was published in 1898. He was 87 years old when he died.

Thomas Hardy was a very talented poet, Novelist and short story writer. In 1910 he was awarded the order of Merrit. he is mainly known for his contribution in the naturalist movement. His large popularity is because of the wessex stories. His first novel was The poor man and lady. He had a good career until he died on January 11, 1928.

The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy

Had he and I but met
By some old ancient inn,
We should have set us down to wet
Right many a nipperkin!

But ranged as infantry,
And staring face to face,
I shot at him as he at me,
And killed him in his place.

I shot him dead because--
Because he was my foe,
Just so: my foe of course he was;
That's clear enough; although

He thought he'd 'list, perhaps,
Off-hand like--just as I--
Was out of work--had sold his traps--
No other reason why.

Yes; quaint and curious war is!
You shoot a fellow down
You'd treat, if met where any bar is,

Or help to half a crown.

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