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Edward Thomas

(3 March 1878 - 9 April 1917 / London / England)

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Phillip Edward Thomas was an Anglo-Welsh writer of prose and poetry. He is commonly considered a war poet, although few of his poems deal directly with his war experiences. Already an accomplished writer, Thomas turned to poetry only in 1914. He enlisted in the army in 1915, and was killed in action during the Battle of Arras in 1917, soon after he arrived in France.

Early Life

Thomas was born in Lambeth, London. He was educated at Battersea Grammar School, St Paul's School and Lincoln College, Oxford. His family were mostly Welsh. Unusually, he married while still an undergraduate and determined to live his life by the pen. He then worked as a book reviewer, ... more »

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  • ''No one left and no one came
    On the bare platform. What I saw
    Was Adlestrop—only the name—

    And willows, willow-herb, and grass,''
    Edward Thomas (1878-1917), British poet. Adlestrop (l. 6-9). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Ox...
  • ''Everything
    Would have been different. For it would have been
    Another world.' 'Ay, and a better, though
    If we could see all all might seem good.'''
    Edward Thomas (1878-1917), British poet. As the Team's Head-Brass (l. 30-33). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Lark...
  • ''As the team's head-brass flashed out on the turn
    The lovers disappeared into the wood.''
    Edward Thomas (1878-1917), British poet. As the Team's Head-Brass (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin...
  • Out of the wood of thoughts that grows by night
    To be cut down by the sharp ax of light—,
    Out of the night, two cocks together crow,
    Cleaving the darkness with a silver blow:...
    Edward Thomas (1878-1917), British poet. Cock-Crow (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford Uni...
  • ''It is enough
    To smell, to crumble the dark earth,
    While the robin sings over again
    Sad songs of Autumn mirth.''
    Edward Thomas (1878-1917), British poet. Digging (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Ox...
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  • Tony Walton (8/27/2012 2:23:00 PM)

    Edward Thomas is considered by many major poets, such as T.S.Eliot and Ted Hughes, to have a big influence on the development of English poetry in the 20th century. Hughes said: He is the father of us all.
    Thomas and Robert Frost were best friends. It was Frost who encouraged Thomas to turn to poetry at the age of 36, three years before his death.
    He is still not as widely known as Wilfred Owen, who was the other significant poet to be killed on the Western Front.
    Please read my poem 'Roads To France' written about him and in his memory.

  • Nawaz Hassan (1/16/2005 9:24:00 AM)

    i need the Comparison between 'Tall Nettles' and 'Thistles'

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