The Land and the City



Thomas Hardy’s account of Egdon Heath is famous. His portrayal of the Heath’s indifference to human beliefs and aspirations, though orchestrated in verbal rhythms that to some extent belie its theme, was to prove a formative influence on later novelists of rural life. It is not hard to see why: Hardy made of it an unforgettable image of that alienation from past traditions, and, more significantly, from past relationships with the world of nature, that afflicted so many late nineteenth-century writers.


Agricultural Labourer Rural Life Verbal Rhythm Past Tradition Darwinian Revolution 
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