Selected Poems and Prose

Selected Poems and Prose

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141393193
  • 304 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up


The selected poems and prose writings of Edward Thomas, with a Foreword from Robert Macfarlane, author of The Old Ways ‘I have come to the borders of sleep, The unfathomable deep Forest where all must lose Their way, however straight, Or winding, soon or late; They cannot choose.’ Fired by his abiding love of the English landscape, the poetry of Edward Thomas is some of the most astonishing of the twentieth century. A journalist, essayist and critic for many years, he was encouraged to write verse by his friend Robert Frost. He produced a late outburst of poetry of extraordinary beauty and mystery about the subjects closest to his heart: rural England and its inhabitants, landscape, atmosphere, transience, endurance and death. By 1917, when he was killed on the Western Front, he had earned his place as one of England’s most valued poets. This selection brings together his finest verse with his most vivid prose writings on the countryside. ‘The father of us all’ Ted Hughes Edited by David Wright With a Foreword by Robert Macfarlane, taken from The Old Ways


Praise for Edward Thomas:

“The father of us all.”
—Ted Hughes

“[B]y the fire in our strange habitation under the castle mound, nobody else at home, I read him at once, entire, knowing ever more certainly, poem by poem, that I loved him, he would be with me for life, I would learn from him.”
—David Constantine in The Guardian

“With Wright’s succinct notes, this might be considered the most fully representative edition of Thomas’s work.”
—John Greening, Times Literary Supplement