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We cannot avoid calling him poetic - poetic in a way that Thackeray , Trollope ,
and George Eliot are not . ... His concern was with words ; his aim was to give the
prose paragraph the texture and exactitude of classical poetry ; he wanted to get
Unless we may call them poetry we have no word adequately to describe them .
The passage is complex , but the complexity is that of poetry . A perception , ' He
must be good . . . ' with all its implications , has crystallized . We have , in fact ...
External nature fights against Henchard , but it is nature interpreted by
superstition ; and it is the poetic quality of the whole that makes the superstition
credible . The poetry heightens and deepens our sense of Henchard ' s tragic fate
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The Eighteenth Century
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