Love through the ages

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ickinson was an American poet. Her poetry was unique to the time she was writing, it contain short lines and often use slant rhyme and unconventional capitalisation and punctuation. The erotic nature of many of her love poems is surprising as Dickinson was introverted and lived much of her life as a recluse, rarely leaving her room in later life. Of the almost eighteen hundred poems she wrote, few were published in her lifetime.
Wild Nights, Wild Nights! (1861)
Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!
Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.
Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!

Victorian Period – 1830-1901

Realism – 1830-1900

Naturalism – 1865-1900

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)


ardy was a novelist and poet of the naturalist movement, although influences of the Romantic and enlightenment periods can be found in his work, for example his interest in the supernatural. Hardy regarded himself as a poet but is perhaps better known for his novels which were written mainly for financial gain. Hardy was first published until he was in his 50’s. Many of his novels feature tragic characters who struggle against society and their own desires.

Neutral Tones (published 1898)

We stood by a pond that winter day,
And the sun was white, as though chidden of God,
And a few leaves lay on the starving sod,
--They had fallen from an ash, and were gray.

Your eyes on me were as eyes that rove

Over tedious riddles solved years ago;
And some words played between us to and fro--
On which lost the more by our love.

The smile on your mouth was the deadest thing

Alive enough to have strength to die;
And a grin of bitterness swept thereby
Like an ominous bird a-wing....

Since then, keen lessons that love deceives,

And wrings with wrong, have shaped to me
Your face, and the God-curst sun, and a tree,
And a pond edged with grayish leaves.

1897 – Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee

1899-1902 – The Boer War – the war between British forces and the descendents of Dutch Settlers in what later became known as South Africa

Victorian Period – 1830-1901

Aestheticism – 1835-1910

Modernism – 1890’s – 1940’s

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