Edward Thomas: Poems
Selected by Matthew Hollis
By the outbreak of the First World War, Edward Thomas had published numerous books of prose but no poetry. Born in London and a student at Oxford University, it was his friendship with the prominent American poet Robert Frost, whom he met in 1913, that unleashed a stream of extraordinary work.
Whilst visiting Frost he passed through the Gloucestershire train station and wrote the poem Adlestrop that so famously recalls the beauty of the Cotswolds. Thomas's poems produced from 1914, until his tragic death at the Battle of Arras in 1917 at the age of thirty-six, are remarkably poignant. While serving as a soldier in the appalling conditions in France, his poems by contrast evoke the richness of the Hampshire countryside, through which he had walked and cycled. Walter de la Mare famously described his work as 'a mirror of England'.
This collection includes many bucolic poems published at the time and other less familiar examples drawn from Thomas's manuscripts, which are both touching and profound. This intimate volume offers a compelling and timely insight into country life a century ago.
Dimensions: H:20.7cm, W:13.7cm, D:2.3cm