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One Green Field (English Journeys)

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Paperback. Pub: 2009 Pages: 112 Publisher: Penguin Classics These POEtic and Highly personal pieces describe Edward Thomas' wanderings are through the English countryside taking in Meadows Farms. Inns maypoles Churches and Wildlife. Whether exploring the Kent weald or the heart of England. describing a crisp winter morning or a heady August day. evoking the scent of ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Penguin Books
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Steve Dewey
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've liked many of Thomas's poems (when forced to learn "Adlestrope" when I was fourteen, I took against him, but learned the error of my ways later in life), and have often wondered what his famous nature writing was like. So, I dipped my toe into the luxuriant waters with this short collection of essays published by Penguin in their English Journeys series.

Now, I found in this book what I feared most. I've always been wary of nature writing, and the recent increasing interest in it has brought
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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In and of itself, there’s not a lot of substance to this little book, however set in the context of it being by yet another young poet whose talents and life were squandered by WW1, it has more resonance (and I do enjoy reading nature writing by fellow country bumpkins).
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excerpt thoroughly inspiring of nostalgia for a time past. As he describes the British countryside before WWI, the spread of the automobile and mass mechanisation of agricultural and arboricultural practices, I experienced an intense longing for a Britain I'd never known and never could. It may be Romantic naivety, but the peace of this Britain - described altogether poetically - and the innocence of its parishes and pastures, one could be forgiven for mentally retreating into this ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first couple of chapters immensely, but then it started to go downhill. It becomes repetitive almost as though some chapters are more of a writing exercise than a finished product. At its best the book is a lyrical tribute to the English countryside - at least one that once existed or was once imagined. There are some passages that are sad and seem to foreshadow the author's death while in the trenches during World War I. Thomas was clearly a patriot, but if nothing else the book ...more
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Philip Edward Thomas was an Anglo-Welsh writer of prose and poetry. He is commonly considered a war poet, although few of his poems deal directly with his war experiences. Already an accomplished writer, Thomas turned to poetry only in 1914. He enlisted in the army in 1915, and was killed in action during the Battle of Arras in 1917, soon after he arrived in France.

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