IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(3): 127-131 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.3.81

Impassion or Hysteria: The Affecting and Touching Space in Thomas Hardy’s “Poems of 1912-13”

Chih-chun Tang
Abstract—Knowledge about man's environment is important. For long we have accepted physical forms and administrative arrangements base upon updated views of human activity. People are told students should study in classroom, prisoners should stay in jails; those reflect to the process by which people mark out and personalize the space they inhabit. However, space could be emotionally charged. In the “Poems of 1912-13” Thomas Hardy, a British poet, composed a series of poems after the unexpected death of his long-alienated wife, Emma. The series illustrates the psychological and emotional collision of Emma’s death on Hardy, suggested by both his mental images of and real visit to the landscape in Cornwall, England. The space in represents the author’s subconscious attachments to his late wife and to the landscaped. They present an apparent counterpart of the poet and his distressed conscience. After Emma had died, Hardy carried her memory alive by roaming about in the genuine in existence and fanciful land (space) they once had roamed and crossed. This paper highlights the space in Hardy’s poems as an emotional charged in the landscape.

Index Terms—Thomas Hardy, Poems 1912-13, Robert Sommer, physical space, psychological space.

Chih-chun Tang is with the Fujen Catholic University, Taiwan (email: felicityctang@gmail.com).

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Cite:Chih-chun Tang, "Impassion or Hysteria: The Affecting and Touching Space in Thomas Hardy’s “Poems of 1912-13”," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 127-131, 2016.

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