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Biography of Edward Thomas




Early Life and career

Edward Thomas, the son of a civil servant, was born in London in 1878. He was educated at St. Paul's School and Lincoln College, Oxford. He married Helen Noble in 1899. His short life was miserable. He tried to live by writing. He took great interest in the rural life in England. He wrote on country life. Many of his stories and legends are of Wales, his native home. He joined the army in the Artists' Rifles in 1915 during the First World War. He was killed at the age of 39 in 1917 in the battle of Arras.

Edward Thomas poems

He began to compose verse at the suggestion of his friend Robert Frost. In some of his poems he used a pen-name Edward Eastaway. His poems (1917) and Last poems (1918) which were published posthumously contain the poems, A Tale, The Hallow Wood, Lights Out, The Gypsy, The old Man and the Glory etc.