The concept of time manifests itself in two ways in Hardy’s poetry: in form and in content. His formal layering of time periods, incorporating several distinct moments in a single poem, lends richness and scope to his poems, even very short ones, and deepens their narratives by presenting the same scene from multiple perspectives. This formal inclusion of time is often coupled with an explicit theme of time as he discusses, laments, ponders, and rails against time’s passage in a variety of ways.
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