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R. S. Thomas: Everyman Poetry: 7
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2007
This is a very cheap and worthwhile introduction to the poetry of RS Thomas. The selection is based on the collected poems 1946-1990 and was published in the early 90s whilst he was still alive. Unfortunately, it does not include details of which year each poem was published or from which collection. That aside, the selection seems to cover his major themes - the rural people and landscape of Wales (often with weariness, frustration and some bitterness), struggle with religious faith and love. His sounding note, however, is a reverence for life and experience and an even greater reverence for the language that can encapsulate it. If you like poetry you will not fail to be touched and impressed by this tough and tender work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2010
This book contains all my favourite R S Thomas verses.
It is small enough and cheap enough to carry around.
Love this series of Everyman poetry...it is what it says it is, accessible and inspiring.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2011
This is amazing value. It's a good selection of poems, the paper/book quality reasonable so it has a nice feel although not as good as I'd expect from a more expensive volume. I was very pleased with it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2010
A wonderful introduction to this prolific poet. It's easy to get lost in some of the larger collections.

And it's hard to get great poetry at this price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2012
Very good value, easy to read budget copy of R S Thomas' poems.
Attractive cover with quite rough, cheap paper but completely serves its purpose without great expense which is what I wanted.
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on 17 August 2014
Thomas' work may seem severe. He tells us of four things: about the hard life of poor Welsh countrymen during the middle of the twentieth century, about the struggle to bring people to faith (Thomas was a country clergyman), the chronic crushing over centuries of Welshness by the English and also the difficulty of 'poems that have come to pieces/ In your crude hands' when composing them.

His tone is raw, graphic, touching, deep and honest.

Read him and I think that you get strong senses of the Wales that Thomas knew. He is so far removed from my lifestyle and yet I love his work and keep this book on my bedside table to lose myself from all the technology, spiritual bankruptcy and materialism that surrounds me today.

I can't decide which my favourite poem is, but it could be Evans, Ninetieth birthday, Tramp or Good.

Great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2013
Good little book with some of RS Thoma poems within. Good for a taster, but a fuller version is the next stage in purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2012
This is a book which speaks of the great beauty of the writings of R.S. Thomas. It is helpful in size and content
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2013
R S Thomas wonderful poetry which this little book as so many of great value and well worth the money.
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on 10 January 2014
I really like RS Thomas' style and these poems are lovely to read and meditate upon. Thomas does not mince his words and can appear to be a grumpy old man at times but his observation of life is wonderfully accurate and superbly written.
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