|Edward Thomas Fellowship
Here you will find information about the poet, essayist and country writer Edward Thomas (1878 - 1917). The Edward Thomas Fellowship exists to promote knowledge and appreciation of his life and work.
For most of his adult
life, Edward Thomas lived by writing prose. He wrote topographical works,
biographies, critical studies, one novel, some experimental prose pieces,
essays about nature and the countryside, and a vast number of book reviews.
These writings are of variable quality, but they are always at least worth
reading, and some have been reprinted many times on their intrinsic merits,
quite separate from how they might anticipate Thomas's poetry: The
Heart of England, The South Country and A Literary Pilgrim
in England are such works.
Early admirers of Edward Thomas's poetry included Walter de la Mare and Ivor Gurney, and leading contemporary poets such as Ted Hughes, RS Thomas and Jeremy Hooker have acknowledged their debt to him. The literary scholar FR Leavis singled him out as 'an original poet of rare quality' and Andrew Motion, the Poet Laureate, has nominated 'Old Man' by Edward Thomas as his favourite poem 'because it so brilliantly proves, as do all his poems, that you can speak softly and yet let your voice carry a long way'. Edward Thomas is commemorated in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, by pictorial windows in two parish churches, and by a sarsen boulder memorial on the hillside above Steep in Hampshire.
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