A Short Analysis of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Song of Hope’

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University)

‘Song of Hope’: not a title we’d necessarily associate with Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), who elsewhere even coined the word ‘unhope’ to convey his own deep despair (in his poem ‘In Tenebris’). But ‘Song of Hope’ is the title of a Thomas Hardy poem, which we reproduce below, followed by a brief analysis of its meaning.

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