She actively encouraged and assisted him in his literary endeavours, and his next novel, (1873), drew heavily upon the circumstances of their courtship for its wild Cornish setting and its melodramatic story of a young woman (somewhat resembling Emma Gifford) and the two men, friends become rivals, who successively pursue, misunderstand, and fail her.
Wessex for the first time and made Hardy famous by its agricultural settings and its distinctive blend of humorous, melodramatic, pastoral, and tragic elements.
Hardy used this scheme to lurch the reader along, adding to its haunting effect.
The setting established in the first stanza is bare and ominous; its centralization of the ground below brings the reader down, as if on the floor.
Hardy knew this part of the country well, as he himself grew up in the county of Dorset.
Thomas Hardy's first literary endeavours were in verse, which he seemed to value more highly than prose.The book is a vigorous portrayal of the beautiful and impulsive Bathsheba Everdene and her marital choices among Sergeant Troy, the dashing but irresponsible soldier; William Boldwood, the deeply obsessive farmer; and Gabriel Oak, her loyal and resourceful shepherd.Hardy and Emma Gifford were married, against the wishes of both their families, in September 1874.Hardy’s choice of meter and rhyme scheme, in conjunction with his detailed description of setting, add to the haunting quality of each poem.The ABAB rhyme scheme of “The Self-Unseeing” marches the reader’s eyes child-like through the poem.In 1856 he was apprenticed to John Hicks, a local architect, and in 1862, shortly before his 22nd birthday, he moved to London and became a draftsman in the busy office of Arthur Blomfield, a leading ecclesiastical architect. Though architecture brought Hardy both social and economic advancement, it was only in the mid-1860s that lack of funds and declining religious faith forced him to abandon his early ambitions of a university education and eventual ordination as an Anglican priest.Driven back to Dorset by ill health in 1867, he worked for Hicks again and then for the Weymouth architect G. His habits of intensive private study were then redirected toward the reading of poetry and the systematic development of his own poetic skills.wo of Thomas Hardy‘s poems, “The Self-Unseeing” and “The Haunter”, stand as examples of his ability to utilize the universal emotions of loss and missed opportunities to create works which are both powerful and disturbing.In both he begins by describing the setting and then moves to emphasizing feelings which are inherent in the human spirit (pun intended) and with which a reader can easily identify.In “The Self-Unseeing” the character is alive and reminiscing the dead, while in “The Haunter” a dead companion’s spirit is brooding over the still-living.It is Hardy’s ability to successfully adopt both voices which makes each poem so emotionally charged.