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Modern English War Poetry$
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Tim Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562022.001.0001

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Thomas Hardy’s Witness

Thomas Hardy’s Witness

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(p.5) 1 Thomas Hardy’s Witness
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Modern English War Poetry
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Tim Kendall (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562022.003.0002

This chapter explores the war poetry of Thomas Hardy. His credentials as witness were important to Hardy and that war poems were, emphatically, eyewitness accounts, claiming an authority denied to absentees. The witness does more than merely see: he testifies to the truth of contentious and possibly even criminal events. This emphasis on experience over hearsay and propaganda is affirmed many times by war poets throughout the following century.

Keywords:   war poetry, Thomas Hardy, witness, Boer war, poets

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