Thomas Hardy was an English Novelist and Poet . His Novels and Poetry were influenced largely by Romanticism . Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, but his first collection got published much later, that is in 1898. Hardy was considered a Victorian realist. In his work , he examines the social constraints on the lives of people living in Victorian England . He criticized beliefs especially those relating to religion , education and marriage which limited people's lives and thereby caused unhappiness. However much of Hardy's poems dealt with themes of disappointment in love and life.
"My father came from an intellectual and studious avenue as opposed to a brawler's avenue. So I had to go further afield and I brought all kinds of unscrupulous oiks back home - earless, toothless vagabonds - to teach me the arts of the old bagarre."
"I think I had only been working nine months when I got 'Star Trek,' and it was huge. It was very overwhelming. So that opened my eyes a bit at an early age, kind of how not be frightened when walking into a responsibility of something like that."
"And I like people. I like to know what you're really up to. I'm a bit of a nosey busy body. Why do they do the things they do? Why are they prepared to do the things they do to get what they want? When? Where? Who?"
"I play Xbox. I have a little boy to look after. I have dogs. You know, I have things to do. I would love to be able to sit down and watch something like a movie. I watch my own movies because I have to."
"I wanted my dad to be proud of me, and I fell into acting because there wasn't anything else I could do, and in it I found a discipline that I wanted to keep coming back to, that I love and I learn about every day."
"We're all flawed human beings and we all have a cauldron of psychosis which we have to unravel as we grow older and find the way we fit in to live our lives as best as possible."
"You don't step on stage to eat; you go there to be eaten."
"I'm from a nice, suburban, middle-class family, but my tattoos remind me where I've been."
"Whatever character you play, remember they are always doing something they are not just talking."
"I'm going to fail to hit the mark I've put up before me because it's not possible to hit it. I want to be the best at what I do so I've got to get over myself already because that's never going to happen. I ain't ever going to be God."
Initially his poems were not as well received as his novels were but Hardy was later recognized as one of the greatest twentieth-century poets. His verses had a profound influence on writers of the later generation . The sites associated with Hardy's own life and also those which inspired the settings of his novels continue to attract literary tourists and casual visitors till date .
Hardy corresponded with and visited Lady Catherine Milnes Gaskell at Wenlock Abbey and many of Lady Catherine's books are inspired by Hardy, who was very fond of her. Hardy divided his novels and collected short stories into three classes , novels of character and environment , novels of ingenuity and most importantly Romances and Fantasies. Hardy also produced a number of minor tales; one story, The Spectre of the Real (1894) was written in collaboration with Florence Henniker.