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Jan 1Liked by Jeremy Wikeley

I really liked this Jeremy, thanks. Probably like a lot of people, I've known the poem for so long that I've never really worried much about what it meant or why he wrote it, but I agree with you that Davie's reading, though bracing & very stimulating, is probably over clever. Or rather, I can believe that he might be right about Hardy's conscious intentions, but if so, the poem escaped his cynicism -- accidentally sincere, perhaps. It always makes me remember my grandmother, who was born on Christmas Day 1900.

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Jan 2·edited Jan 2Author

Thanks Victoria. I was wondering as I wrote this whether Hardy was consciously drawing that comparison between himself and the thrush and whether that would change how I felt about it. I'd rather it was accidental. I suspect it's not. I'm not sure I mind. I can't think of a poet who's so in control of irony (I often feel like I'm being toyed with). I think Davie writes about this too in a broader sense so will have to go back to it...

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Thank you for injecting a little poetry into my morning email slog. Maybe I'll open the door and see if I can let a little birdsong in as well.

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The few visitations I've had have been friendly, if uncanny. Which is kind of them, not least because I don't believe in them.

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I confess myself stumped!

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Not for some time

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Thanks Jayshree. Not unwanted, but certainly unexpected!

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