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Poem of the Day > 13. Adlestrop- Edward Thomas

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message 1: by Lee (new)

Lee Adlestrop



Yes, I remember Adlestrop --
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop -- only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.


Edward Thomas


message 2: by Lee (new)

Lee We've been mentioned in poetry Ellie!

Such a haunting, nostalgic poem.


message 3: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments A still moment in time. Lovely. Poems are such personal things, Christina Rosetti wrote "does the road lead uphill all the way" . I find it so full of weariness and despair that its another that always reduces me to tears although i love it, but I am the only one in our poetry group that sees it that way.


message 4: by Lee (new)

Lee It shall be tomorrows poem.


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