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Afterwards by Thomas Hardy (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

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Published on Jan 15, 2010

This poem sounds like a church bell tolling Hardy's death knell, especially in the last lines. His heart is buried at St Michael's Church, Stinsford. In "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and "Under the Greenwood Tree" he called the place Mellstock. Hardy has said, ""I shall sleep quite calmly at Stinsford, whatever happens."
http://neal.oxborrow.net/Thomas_Hardy...

Actually it didn't happen quite the way he planned. His body was buried in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey and only his heart is buried at Stinsford, a gristly compromise. If you're curious enough to find out how that was accomplished you will probably wish that you hadn't.

Thomas Hardy's portrait is by Walter William Ouless.

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