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A Dymock Poet
on 15 May 2014
I would describe this as a scholarly work as evidenced by the fact that at the end of each chapter there are several pages listing detailed references. It is dispassionately written, the author does not stretch facts to throw the poet into a rosey glow. In fact if anything Edward Thomas comes out of it as not a particularly likeable person. Apparently he did eventually join the army and found himself in France, but his military career was cut short by enemy fire. Unlike others, he was unable to write poetry while he was a serving officer. Not a lot was mentioned in the book about his actual poetry, but having read the book I went back to the poetry and found it wonderful. So fresh and direct.
The book itself I would tend to class as a reference work for Edward Thomas and his times.