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By Accident or DesignWriting the Victorian Metropolis$
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Paul Fyfe

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732334

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732334.001.0001

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Afterword: An Accidental Excursion

Afterword: An Accidental Excursion

(p.211) Afterword: An Accidental Excursion
By Accident or Design

Paul Fyfe

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How might the same dynamics of accident/design operate over the Victorians’ historical threshold? In different contexts than the metropolis? Or in other generic conditions of writing? As an experiment in how the lessons of this book might apply beyond its own claims, the afterword examines two poems by Thomas Hardy: one about chance, another about accident. As a poet, Hardy adopts a relativism that structures the logic of ‘Hap’ and ‘The Convergence of the Twain’. Yet the play of accident/design still operates at the level of poetic form. Even here, accidents remake the forms devised to account for them, imprinting them with questions about the chances of their making.

Keywords:   Victorian poetry, Thomas Hardy, Hap, chance, modernism

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