Synopses & Reviews
Finally back in Penguin Classics: the poems and prose of cult WWI writer Edward Thomas, with a new introduction by Robert Macfarlane
, author ofThe Old Ways
Beloved writer Edward Thomas is best known for his evocative poetry, though his writing career was varied and prolific, with more than two thousand reviews and nearly thirty volumes of topography, biography, and literary criticism published by the time of his death at age thirty-nine in World War I. After years of writing about poetry, Thomas, an intensely contemplative man who believed deeply in the power of perambulation, was encouraged by his close friend Robert Frost to write his own verse. This stunning collection includes some of his most treasured work and, with a beautiful introduction by bestselling author Robert Macfarlane, will bring Thomass extraordinary writings to a new generation of readers and aspiring writers.
Unrivaled in its range and intensity, the poetry of World War I continues to have a powerful effect on readers. This newly edited anthology reflects the diverse experiences of those who lived through the war, bringing together the words of poets, soldiers, and civilians affected by the conflict. Here are famous verses by Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and Wilfred Owen; poetry by women writing from the home front; and the anonymous lyrics of soldiers? songs. Arranged thematically, the selections take the reader through the war?s stages, from conscription to its aftermath, and offer a blend of voices that is both unique and profoundly moving.
About the Author
(18781917) was an English poet, journalist, and essayist who published nearly thirty books. He was killed in action during World War I.
David Wright (19201994) was an acclaimed South Africanborn poet, translator, memoirist, biographer, and editor.
Robert Macfarlane is the author of several award-winning books, including Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, and The Old Ways. He lives in Cambridge, England.
Table of Contents
The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry Introduction
A Note on the Text
I. Your Country Needs You
'Let the foul Scene proceed'
'Who's for the khaki suit'
2. Somewhere In France
Behind the Lines
Comrades of War
Rendezvous with Death
The Other War
The Dead and the Living
'Have you forgotten yet?'
A Glossary of the Western Front
Index of Titles and First Lines