Ever since his tragic death from a shell blast at the battle of Arras in the spring of 1917, Edward Thomas has been recognised as one of the English language’s major eco-poets. He connects such figures as John Clare and Thomas Hardy with such voices as Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes. Not only did he help to establish the direct speaking idiom of modern Nature poetry, but he also helped to map the terrain and tradition of such work. He wrote not only on Clare but also on William Blake, John Keats, William Morris and his contemporary D.H. Lawrence. But, above all, he interpreted and acclaimed the ...


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