poet Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

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A Christmas Ghost Story.

South of the Line, inland from far Durban,
A mouldering soldier lies--your countryman.
Awry and doubled up are his gray bones,
And on the breeze his puzzled phantom moans
Nightly to clear Canopus: "I would know
By whom and when the All-Earth-gladdening Law
Of Peace, brought in by that Man Crucified,
Was ruled to be inept, and set aside?

And what of logic or of truth appears
In tacking 'Anno Domini' to the years?
Near twenty-hundred livened thus have hied,
But tarries yet the Cause for which He died."

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • Richard Banichar (12/29/2019 7:04:00 PM)

    a shallow perspective on deep questions. Well penned but no new message

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (12/29/2019 3:54:00 AM)

    Of Peace, brought in by that Man Crucified,
    Was ruled to be inept, and set aside? ../// great writing, great feelings of Christmas significance

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  • Paul AmrodPaul Amrod (12/28/2017 5:47:00 PM)

    The hard realism lacks in a somewhat more romantic view of Human Nature.

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  • Philip Grabowskii (12/28/2017 1:02:00 PM)

    Wow. This was a new Hardy for me, but it definitely fits into the dark, pessimistic outlook that I have come to expect and love from him.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (12/28/2017 2:48:00 AM)

    Lucy bring's up a very important question. I cannot answer it- -but the poem can certainly be read both ways. I would rather take it as a man of faith unhappy with mankind for not yielding to love over armed hostility. It is good to write poetry like this- that poses a question of intent and thus cause good readers to dig deeper.

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (12/28/2017 1:56:00 AM)

    Tricky and contentious and it was like being told that the ghost of the dear departed is watching you........ yet nicely penned........thanks for sharing

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  • The Whistling Dick (12/6/2017 12:24:00 PM)

    this is the worst story ever add dick in it

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  • * Sunprincess * (11/14/2015 1:06:00 PM)

    ........very nicely penned and rhymes nicely ★

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  • Lucy Andrews (2/27/2007 3:55:00 AM)

    is this a poem about Hardy's agnostic views towards God and religion in general, or does it show him mellowing a little? Please help, am floundering

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