Collected Poems. Paperback – 1 Jan 2004
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'One of the most distinctive voices of the twentieth century.' P.J. Kavanagh
The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas is the definitive collection of the poet's work, in a beautiful and classic edition.See all Product Description
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Thomas represented the best of the Georgian Poets, an early-twentieth century group who wrote primarily about the pastoral landscape. Often criticised for being lightweight and lacking orignality, Thomas' work stood out from his contemporaries for its grave emotion, clarity of description and honesty.
As the world went to war, his concise poems about the British landscape underlined the value of what stood to be lost. Concerned with the countryside, his work can be seen as representing the deepening fracture between past and present, the shriking of rural life and the growth of modern cities. It depicts a particular turning point, socially and economically, in British history, as the economy became concerned with mass production. The tone is melancholy, but there is pride instead of hopelessness.
In terms of the presentation of Thomas' material, Faber deserve plenty of credit. This text will appeal to both casual readers, scholars and students alike. The introduction by Peter Sacks is a highlight: this offers a biographical sketch of the writer and also a refined and critical appreciation for his poetry.
In addition there are notes on each of the poems (that include the author's comments), Thomas' war diary and four appendices. By reading the book, you sense that those involved were genuinely concerned with handling the legacy of a great writer in the right way.
The typeset, to me, is perfect: clear, weighty and the lines and poems are nicely spaced. How the poems are placed in the order they were written allows you to see the progression, and the changes in mood he seems to have experienced. There are notes towards the back too which provide some nice insights, especially when some of Thomas' prose writing has been linked to some of his poems. There are two wonderful and extremely well-written introductory essays at the very back of the book which really add to what makes this special. Also, Thomas' war diary illuminates his final days and the comfort he found in reading Shakespeare. This book to me is also the perfect size, and the most appropriate colour.
A very satisfying book to handle, it is a scholarly work with footnotes and references
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Edward Thomas (1878-1917) wrote many books, mostly of biography and topographical subjects such as his wonderful book on Wales (1905). Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by Mr. B. P. Van-asten
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