Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas

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Edward Thomas was more than a very fine nature poet. Deep and real as his love and knowledge of the countryside was, he was far too intense and particular to be identified with the Georgian poets. Vernon Scannell shows in his essay that Thomas's poetry appeals strongly to the modern sensitivity. Thomas was a seeker, and his search was no pose but a terrible reality pursued with an honesty sometimes bordering on cruelty. Self- doubting, emotionally insecure, uncertain of his own capacity to love, chafing at the limitations of life and the difficulties inherent in human relationships, Edward Thomas, with what the author calls his 'strange, haunted consciousness', was only too aware of the Others, his darker self. His poems, in C. Day Lewis's words, have 'the irresistibleness of absolute sincerity'.

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