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The Poetry Of Edward Thomas. Poetry is a fascinating use of language. With almost a million words at its command it is not surprising that these Isles have produced some of the most beautiful, moving and descriptive verse through the centuries. In this series we look at individual poets who have shaped and influenced their craft and cement their place in our heritage. In this volume we look at the works of Edward Thomas. Philip Edward Thomas was born of Welsh stock on 3rd March 1878 in Lambeth, London. He was educated at Battersea Grammar school, St Pauls and then Lincoln College at Oxford. He married Helen whilst still an undergraduate and began his career as a book reviewer and literary critic. From 1905, Thomas lived with Helen and their family at Elses Farm near Sevenoaks, Kent. A close friend and supporter of the Welsh tramp poet WH Davies, he rented him a small cottage and helped his career at every opportunity; on one occasion, Thomas even had to arrange for the manufacture, by a local wheelwright, of a makeshift wooden leg for Davies. In 1913 he published a novel “The Happy Go Lucky Morgans”. By 1914 Thomas had become a poet initially publishing under the name Edward Eastaway. He thought that poetry was the highest form of literature. Thomas immortalised the railway station at Adlestrop in his poem after an unscheduled stop at the Cotswolds station on 24 June 1914, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War. Thomas enlisted in the Artists Rifles in July 1915, despite his age. He was promoted corporal, and in November 1916 was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery as a second lieutenant. Edward Thomas was killed in action on Easter Monday April 9th 1917 during the Battle of Arras in France. He is buried in the Military Cemetery at Agny, Row C, Grave 43. Many samples of our audiobooks are at our youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/PortablePoetry?feature=mhee Complete volumes on many poets, themes and our other products can be purchased from iTunes, Amazon and other digital stores.
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