It’s what you read into it

Appreciating the reader’s role in creating meaning in literary works

In Thomas Hardy’s poem, ‘We sat at the window’, the narrator describes how he and his partner watched the rain on St Swithin’s Day at Bournemouth in July, 1875. With ‘nothing to read, nothing to see …’ for the couple in their room that day, they are ‘irked by the scene’, and



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Geoff Ward

Writer, poet, tutor and mentor in literature and creative writing (MA and BA Hons degrees in English literature), book editor, journalist and musician.