Quotation by Rebecca West

One is apt to be discouraged by the frequency with which Mr. Hardy has persuaded himself that a macabre subject is a poem in itself; that, if there be enough of death and the tomb in one's theme, it needs no translation into art, the bold statement of it being sufficient.
Rebecca West (1892–1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 5 (1928).

On the poetry of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), a British author who often focused on death or extreme misfortune. He was more distinguished as a novelist than as a poet.
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