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Last Poems   By: (1878-1917)

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In "Last Poems" by Edward Thomas, readers are offered a glimpse into the mind and heart of a poet deeply in touch with nature and the human experience. This collection of poems, published posthumously, showcases Thomas' profound ability to evoke emotions through his keen observations and lyrical language.

The poems in this collection are hauntingly beautiful, displaying Thomas' masterful command of both form and content. His keen eye for detail draws the reader in, painting vivid pictures of the landscapes and rural scenes he so often found inspiration in. From the rolling hills to the quiet forests, Thomas captures the essence of each setting, making it come alive in the minds of his readers.

One of the striking aspects of "Last Poems" is the introspective nature of the verses. These poems delve deep into the poet's interior world, exploring themes of mortality, the passing of time, and the fragility of life. There is a certain melancholic undertone that runs throughout the collection, creating a poignant atmosphere that lingers long after the book is put down.

While the poems in this collection are undoubtedly beautiful, they can also be quite challenging to digest. Thomas' writing can be intricate and dense at times, requiring the reader's full attention. However, those who take the time to unravel the complex layers of his verses will find themselves rewarded with a deeper understanding and appreciation for his work.

As the title suggests, "Last Poems" is a testament to Thomas' final artistic output before his untimely death during World War I. There is a sense of impending loss and finality in these poems, making them all the more powerful and significant. It is as if Thomas knew that these were his last words and wanted to leave behind a definitive statement about his relationship with nature and his exploration of the human condition.

In summary, "Last Poems" by Edward Thomas is a remarkable collection of poems that showcases the depth of his artistic vision and his unwavering connection to nature. Readers who appreciate introspective, evocative poetry will find themselves drawn into the rich tapestry of Thomas' words. Despite the challenges that some of his verses present, the beauty and emotional resonance of this collection make it a must-read for poetry enthusiasts.

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Edward Thomas (1918) Last Poems






I never saw that Land before The Dark Forest Celandine The Ash Grove Old Man The Thrush I built myself a House of Glass February Afternoon Digging Two Houses The Mill water A Dream Sedge Warblers Under the Woods What will they do? To night A Cat The Unknown Song She dotes For These March the Third The New House March The Cuckoo Over the Hills Home The Hollow Wood Wind and Mist The Unknown Bird The Lofty Sky After Rain Digging But these things also April The Barn The Barn and the Down The Child on the Cliffs Good night The Wasp Trap July A Tale Parting Lovers That Girl's Clear Eyes The Child in the Orchard The Source The Mountain Chapel First known when lost The Word These things that Poets said Home Aspens An Old Song There was a Time Ambition No one cares less than I Roads This is no case of petty Right or Wrong The Chalk Pit Health Beauty Snow The New Year The Brook The Other House and Man The Gypsy Man and Dog A Private Out in the Dark


I NEVER saw that land before, And now can never see it again; Yet, as if by acquaintance hoar Endeared, by gladness and by pain, Great was the affection that I bore

To the valley and the river small, The cattle, the grass, the bare ash trees, The chickens from the farmsteads, all Elm hidden, and the tributaries Descending at equal interval;

The blackthorns down along the brook With wounds yellow as crocuses Where yesterday the labourer's hook Had sliced them cleanly; and the breeze That hinted all and nothing spoke... Continue reading book >>

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