Last Week in October Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was 58 and had already published fourteen novels and more than forty short stories when Wessex Poems, the first of his eight books of verse was published in 1898. He had been writing poetry in London in 1860s but had failed to get any of it published. This poem appears in an anthology So to the Land, selected and introduced by Diana Rigg (Headline, pounds 14.99). All this week, the Daily Poem features the theme of Autumn.
Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.
For copyright reasons we are not able to provide the full text of the poem on this database. Following are the details of the publication in which it appears.