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1980. The Poetry of Edward Thomas by Andrew Motion
About the Poet:
Edward Thomas was born in Lambeth on 3rd March 1878, the eldest son of Philip Henry and Mary Elizabeth Thomas (née Townsend). His mother was 25 years old when he was born and had been born and brought up in Wales (as was his father).
Edward Thomas died at 7.36 a.m. on 9th April 1917 in the battle of Arras while directing the fire of his battery from an observation post. His unmarked body was recovered that same evening and he is buried at Agny, South of Arras.
1980, Routledge & Kegan Paul
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- The Poetry of Edward Thomas [top]
Written by Andrew Motion
First published in 1980 in Great Britain by Routledge & Kegan Paul, in hardcover with dustjacket, 194pp, ISBN 0710004710
Cover features portrait of Edward Thomas by John Wheatley (National Portrait Gallery)
About the Author:
Andrew Motion is a lecturer in English at the University of Hull. Born in London, he was educated at University College, Oxford. His poems have been widely published, and he is the author of The Pleasure Steamers (Carcanet, 1978). While at Oxford, he won the Newdigate Poetry Prize, and in 1979 The Pleasure Steamers was awarded the Cholmondeley Prize.
About the Book:
This is a detailed work of interpretation and criticism of the war poet and celebrant of the English countryside, Edward Thomas (was killed at Arras at the age of 39). His poetry celebrates particularly the Steep district of Hampshire where he lived from 1906. This book is the first full-length study to devote itself entirely to his poetry: the author believes that far from being merely a rewarding minor figure-the best of the Georgians-Thomas is one of the finest and most influential twentieth-century poets. He begins by discussing Thomas's life and his place in the development of modernism, and goes on to analyse Thomas's use of the figure of the Doppelganger and to reassess his debt to Robert Frost. He describes his attitudes and his importance as a war poet, seeking to rescue Thomas's war poems from years of misrepresentation and neglect, and also examines Thomas's poems of isolation. Previously unpublished letters and uncollected reviews are referred to throughout, and so too is the extensive and largely unread body of Thomas's prose.
Readers of Thomas's poetry, who include not only professional critics but a considerable number of enthusiasts, will welcome this sympathetic and perceptive study.
2. Double Vision
3. The Sound of Sense
4. Patriot and War Poet
5. Friend and Countryman
Notes; Bibliography; Index