Great Students Inspire: Thomas Hardy Exam Resource

A class of fifth formers at the King’s School Canterbury (the alma mater of Christopher Marlowe) were preparing for their GCSE exam, and decided there was no need to keep their close analysis of Thomas Hardy close to their chests.

At (a title taken from a line in Hardy’s poem “At the Word Farewell”), they have put together a Creative Commons website that provides insight and analysis about most of the Thomas Hardy poems covered by the exam syllabus, along with additional biographical titbits and themes. The hope is that other students will join in the discussion, and that the website will become a repository for debate about and analysis of the poems by students from around the world who want to express their ideas and help other students to revise.

Poems analysed include:

At The Word “Farewell”

Drummer Hodge

During Wind and Rain

I Look Into My Glass

In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’

Neutral Tones

No Buyers: A Street Scene

The Convergence of the Twain

The Darkling Thrush

The Going

The Pine Planters

The Voice


Visitors also can vote on their favourite of the Hardy poems covered by the syllabus.

Please feel free to visit and join in the discussion!


For other great Hardy resources, check out the Thomas Hardy Society’s commentaries on poems for students or the Great Writers Inspire Hardy author page.

About Kate O'Connor

Kate O'Connor works as Publicity & Outreach Director for Post5 Theatre, Literary Assistant and Office Manager for the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, and Dramaturgy Intern for the Profile Theatre. She earned her M.St. in English Literature 1550-1700 at Lincoln College, University of Oxford and a BA in English from Stanford University. As an undergraduate she worked as the research assistant to Prof. David Riggs and as Literary Intern for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
This entry was posted in resource, writer and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Great Students Inspire: Thomas Hardy Exam Resource

  1. Website can express the idea all student over the world, I agree that

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s