Edward Thomas – World Poets
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“Gently as the alighting of a bird, the sunlight dropped among the tops of the oaks, which were yellow and purple with young leaves, and blessed them”, he wrote in The Heart of England. And when he says of W H Hudson that ‘what he reverences and loves is the earth”, he is also talking about himself.
“First soldier, and then poet, and then both/, Who died a soldier-poet of your race”, declared Robert Frost in his tribute poem to Thomas. “I knew”, wrote Frost, “from the moment when I first met him at his unhappiest that he would some day clear his mind and save his life”.
Thomas did indeed save his life by turning from prose to verse. And then, by becoming a soldier at the age of 35 and going to the Front in 1917, he lost it.
Top picture: John Mann, Adlestrop Replica station sign in field
Lower picture: Unknown photographer, Edward Thomas, The Edward Thomas Fellowship
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