He became a symbolist himself.
His father was a clerk at the Board of Trade, and an active member of the Liberal Party. In he won a history scholarship to Lincoln College, Oxford. He disliked London, except for its commons, and relished family holidays in Wales and Wiltshire. Between and they had three children.
From they rented houses in Steep, near Petersfield in Hampshire. His response to rapid economic and social change in rural England, and to the environmental and cultural shock of urban modernity — a shock later compounded by war — made Thomas an ecological thinker before his time.
With The Woodland Life Thomas began his demanding career as a writer of country books, biography including biographies of Jefferies and George Borrowmeditative essays, and criticism. He also became a busy reviewer, specialising in poetry.
In Thomas had a severe breakdown, and even contemplated suicide. He seems to have suffered from depressive illness aggravated by repressed creativity and creative frustration. He did not start writing poetry till Decemberwhen a remarkable transformation occurred.
This was most directly due to his friend the American poet Robert Frost, whose poetry Thomas had perceptively and influentially reviewed.
As a result, Thomas brought a new imaginative intensity to his accumulated writings and experiences. However bleak the psychic landscape of his poems may often be, his ability to write them was itself therapeutic.
Thomas wrote over poems in the time that remained before he was killed by shell-blast at Arras in April His critical acumen counted too. Thomas was then the best poetry critic in England, and his emerging ideas about the relation between speech and literature, rhythm and form expressed in critiques of Algernon Charles Swinburne and Walter Pater agreed with those of Frost.
Yet the most profound catalyst or Muse may have been the Great War. I sat among the boughs of the fallen elm That strewed an angle of the fallow, and Watched the plough narrowing a yellow square Of charlock. Every time the horses turned Instead of treading me down, the ploughman leaned Upon the handles to say or ask a word, About the weather, next about the war.
Scraping the share he faced towards the wood, And screwed along the furrow till the brass flashed Once more. I could spare an arm.
If I should lose my head, why, so, I should want nothing more…. Have many gone From here? Only two teams work on the farm this year. One of my mates is dead.
The second day In France they killed him. It was back in March, The very night of the blizzard, too. Now if He had stayed here we should have moved the tree.
Everything Would have been different.
For it would have been Another world. The horses started and for the last time I watched the clods crumble and topple over After the ploughshare and the stumbling team. Selected Letters edited by R.Rereading: He was a muse to other poets, an important part of the emerging modern movement and a pioneering ecological poet, so why is Edward Thomas still so undervalued, asks Edna Longley.
Poets choose their words with the utmost care, don't they? "The best words in the best order" and all that? In this week's poem, "Words", Edward Thomas echoes John Keats rather than Coleridge.
Transcript of Rain by Edward Thomas. Imagery The constantly falling rain is a constant reminder that he is living surrounded by war, just as he is surrounded by rain. He believes that once he is dead he will be blessed. The poems connection to sensory images evokes a realistic experience of war and its effects on the soldiers and .
Thomas was promoted to corporal, and in November was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery as a second lieutenant. He was killed in action soon after he arrived in Arras on the 9th April Edward Thomas wrote most of his poetry (Including Rain) during the war,so Rain is a reflection of his first hand experiences.
Tormented by war and subsequently by rain as well, [this is the sequence as we would expain it] the soldier in Edward Thomas’ “Rain” waits for death to meet him and for the rain to finally end. Jun 17, · Gone gone again by Edward Thomas.
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Jun 15, #1. Hello, i need some help for my essay test. Yes! Since it is during the war. I expect Harvest rain = incoming shells to the city of Blenheim that cause destruction.
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