Poetry manuscripts of Philip Edward Thomas


Although Edward Thomas wrote no poetry during his time in France during the First World War, war heavily pervaded his thoughts and it has a strong presence in his work. The First World War helped to focus Thomas as a poet and his work centres on the English idyll that is under threat. His poem Adlestrop is a good example of this. Inspired by a pause in a train journey Thomas took in 1914, the poem shows him looking at the English countryside in a new light and realising the depth of beauty in seemingly inconsequential places.

After serious consideration Thomas joined the Artists’ Rifles in 1915, at the age of 37. He was killed in the first hour of the Battle of Arras in 1917.

Full title:
POEMS (62) OF PHILIP EDWARD THOMAS (d. 1917); 24 Dec. 1914- 24 May 1915. Autograph , with a few alternative drafts.
Poem / Manuscript
Philip Edward Thomas
© Philip Edward Thomas
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Add MS 44990 (f.010v)

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