Edward Thomas and Adlestrop


Edward Thomas worked to an exhausting schedule for most of his life, reviewing other people’s poetry, and writing travel books. It was the American poet Robert Frost who suggested to him that he should write poetry, and from that moment Thomas found his voice. His poem Adlestrop perfectly illustrates his gift of being able to create an entire experience in a few words.  Thomas enlisted in the army when the First World War began and was killed in 1917, leaving fewer than 200 poems, nearly all of them unpublished. This talk provides a biography of Edward Thomas, showing how troubled he was by feelings of guilt and inadequacy which stayed with him to the end.