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Thomas, Edward. (1878 - 1917).

L i f e

- enlisted in WW I, killed in action

W o r k

- editor of 16 anthologies and other editions, author of 30 prose books on nature, of reviews and critical writing, and of poetry

- form: plain diction, style, and rhythm 

- subject: celebration of southern England and its seasons

- intensifies his awareness of the beauty of the natural world by a sense of impending loss and the certainty of death

- acutely observes the suffering occasioned by war, perceives death as the ultimate destroyer of the already violent co-operation of man and nature


- an occasional poem of natural observation

- evokes a disappearing England through which he passes as a traveller

“As the Team’s Head-Brass”:

- develops a sporadic conversation on the war between a ploughman and his team at work x the narrator

- interrupted each time the ploughman returns to his work, and the war, somewhere over a horizon, suggests more drastic breakings

“Lights Out”:

- translates the military command into a journey through a dark wood

- the unnatural silence of the wood reinforces the sense of being lost


"Yes. I remember Adlestrop-- / The name, because one afternoon / Of heat the express-train drew up there / Unwontedly. It was late June."

The opening of "Adlestrop" (1917).


(Photo: World War Pictures).

  • Author

    Philip Edward Thomas. (1878 - 1917). British.
  • Work

    Poet. Prose writer. Critic. Editor. Author of "Adlestrop" (1917).
  • Genres

    War poetry. Nature poetry. Non-fiction.


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Sampson, George. The Concise Cambridge History of English Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1946.

Sanders, Andrew. The Short Oxford History of English Literature. New York: Clarendon Press, 1994.


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