"[Hardy]'s not a transcendental writer, he's not a Yeats, he's not an Eliot; his subjects are men, the life of men, time and the passing of time, love and the fading of love."
Three Books You Should Read
1. The Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy
I look back at it amid the rain
For the very last time; for my sand is sinking,
And I shall traverse old love’s domain
Saying that now you are not as you were
When you had changed from the one who was all to me,
But as at first, when our day was fair.
Leaves around me falling,
Wind oozing thing through the thorn from norward,
And the woman calling.