Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas

Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas

Matthew Hollis


Edward Thomas was once probably the main beguiling and influential of First global struggle poets. "Now All Roads bring about France" is an account of his ultimate 5 years, concentrated on his outstanding friendship with Robert Frost and Thomas's deadly selection to struggle within the conflict. The booklet additionally inspires an astonishingly inventive second in English literature, whilst London used to be a battleground for brand new, formidable types of writing. A iteration that incorporated W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost and Rupert Brooke have been 'making it new' - vehemently and pugnaciously. those larger-than-life characters encompass a valuable determine, laid low with his paintings and his marriage. yet as his friendship with Frost blossomed, Thomas wrote poem after poem, and his emotional sickness started to elevate. In 1914 the 2 buddies shaped the tips that may produce one of the most extraordinary verse of the 20 th century. however the conflict positioned an ocean among them: Frost again to the protection of latest England whereas Thomas stayed to struggle for the previous. it really is those roads taken - and people now not taken - which are on the middle of this striking booklet, which culminates in Thomas's tragic loss of life on Easter Monday 1917.

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