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Philip Edward Thomas

Philip Edward Thomas

Poet: Philip Edward Thomas

Dates: 3 March 1876 – 9 April 1917

Nationality: Anglo – Welsh

Title of Poem: Adlestrop

Yes, I remember Adlestrop —
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop — only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

 

 

Brief Biography: P.E. Thomas is considered as a War Poet, however relatively few oh his poems are directly about the WW1. He considered poem the highest form of literature but oly turned his pen to writing poetry at the end of 1914 only months before he enlisted in the British Army and was killed in action.

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