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 thedimofdawn.com (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:
Visitors also can vote on their favourite of the Hardy poems covered by the syllabus.
Please feel free to visit thedimofdawn.com 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.