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Appreciated for prose as well as poetry,
This review is from: One Green Field (English Journeys) (Paperback)
This is an attractive way of showcasing some of Thomas's 'Nature writing', now a subject of much interest, meriting the name 'Eco-critical writing.'
Thomas makes you see - he can live in the moment, managing his depression and frustration, even while earning the necessary crust by 'grinding out' words, millions of words over his lifetime.
The restful passages alternate with introspection , chance encounters with solitude - the essence of Thomas before, and leading towards, his poetry.
The only reservation I have is the choice of 'The South Country' rather than 'In Pursuit of Spring.' Some of its prose is pretty impenetrable, like his 'Oxford', and could be off-putting. It's also the kind of prose he himself criticised later. I think In Pursuit of Spring, as shown in the recent novel A Conscious Englishman, would have been more readable and relevant, as so much nearer his poetry.