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Edward Thomas: from Adlestrop to Arras

Author: Jean Moorcroft Wilson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408187142

Category: Poetry

Page: 496

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Along with Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas is by any reckoning a major first world war poet. A war poet is not one who chooses to commemorate or celebrate a war, but one who reacts against having a war thrust upon him. His great friend Robert Frost wrote 'his poetry is so very brave, so unconsciously brave.' Apart from a most illuminating understanding of his poetry, Dr Wilson shows how Thomas' life alone makes for absorbing reading: his early marriage, his dependence on laudanum, his friendships with Joseph Conrad, Edward Garnett, Rupert Brooke and Hilaire Belloc among others. The novelist Eleanor Farjeon entered into a curious menage a trois with him and his wife. He died in France in 1917, on the first day of the Battle of Arras. This is the stuff of which myths are made and posterity has been quick to oblige. But this has tended to obscure his true worth as a writer, as Dr Wilson argues. Edward Thomas's poems were not published until some months after his death, but they have never since been out of print. Described by Ted Hughes as 'the father of us all', Thomas's distinctively modern sensibility is probably the one most in tune with our twenty-first century outlook. He occupies a crucial place in the development of twentieth century poetry. This is the extraordinary life of a poetic genius.
Edward Thomas: from Adlestrop to Arras
Language: en
Pages: 496
Authors: Jean Moorcroft Wilson
Categories: Poetry
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-05-21 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Along with Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas is by any reckoning a major first world war poet. A war poet is not one who chooses to commemorate or celebrate a war, but one who reacts against having a war thrust upon him. His great friend Robert Frost wrote 'his
Edward Thomas
Language: en
Pages: 360
Authors: Jacek Wiśniewski
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-12-18 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Edward Thomas volunteered when he was 37 years old and a father of three and was killed, as an artillery officer, during the first hour of the Arras offensive, on April 9th, 1917. In the two years before his death, he wrote the 144 poems which ensured a place for
The Imagination of Edward Thomas
Language: en
Pages: 225
Authors: Michael Kirkham
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 1986-12-04 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This fascinating study explores the imagination, life and work of Edward Thomas (1878-1917).
Edward Thomas and World Literary Studies
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Andrew Webb
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-07-15 - Publisher: University of Wales Press

This book uses models of 'world literature' to present this 'quintessentially English' writer as a pioneering figure in an Anglophone Welsh literary tradition, a controversial reading that contributes to the present-day reconfiguration of cultural relations between Wales, England, Scotland
Edward Thomas
Language: en
Pages: 239
Authors: Judy Kendall
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-02-15 - Publisher: University of Wales Press

Edward Thomas: The Origins of his Poetry builds a new theoretical framework for critical work on imaginative composition through an investigation of Edward Thomas’s composing processes, on material from his letters, his poems and his prose books. It looks at his relation to the land and landscape and includes detailed