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The Poetry of Thomas Hardy

8. The Oxen

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In this module, we read through and analyse the poem 'The Oxen'


In this course, we explore the poetry of Thomas Hardy. Having introduced Hardy in the first module, we then go through eighteen of his poems in turn, reading each aloud, and providing in-depth, line-by-line commentary and analysis. The final module offers some concluding thoughts on the Hardy as a poet.


John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.

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McRae, J. (2018, August 15). The Poetry of Thomas Hardy - The Oxen [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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McRae, J. "The Poetry of Thomas Hardy – The Oxen." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,