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On Sale: May 22, 2012
Pages: 264 | ISBN: 978-1-59051-580-8
Published by : Other Press Other Press
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Robert Frost and Edward Thomas met in a bookshop in London in 1913. During the next four years, the two writers—Frost, an unknown poet who had sold his farm in New Hampshire in order to take his family to England for one last gamble on poetry and Thomas, a sad literary journalist—formed the most important friendship between poets since that of Wordsworth and Coleridge. Their friendship only ended with Thomas' death in Arras, France, a casualty of the First World War.

The story of Edward Thomas' turn to poetry, in fact, has been dominated by the account of Robert Frost's injunction: to break his existing prose into lines, bringing his musical cadence and his direct speaking voice into conversation with formal prosody. Thomas himself had already championed Frost's own early work: These poems are revolutionary because they lack the exaggeration of rhetoric.... Their language is free from the poetical words and forms that are the chief material of the secondary poets. The metre avoids not only old fashioned pomp and sweetness, but the later fashion also of discord and fuss. In fact the medium is common speech.... Mr. Frost has, in fact, gone back, as Whitman and as Wordsworth went back, through the paraphernalia of poetry into poetry once again.

This book presents for the first time the full record, arranged chronologically, of what the poets wrote to, for, and about one another—their letters, poems, and Thomas' review of Frost's first two books. They reveal a warmth and charm that give us the key to the relationship between Frost and Thomas.
Matthew Spencer|Christopher Ricks

About Matthew Spencer

Matthew Spencer - Elected Friends
Matthew Spencer is currently working towards a master's degree in Editorial Studies at Boston University's Editorial Institute. He earned his bachelor's degree in literature from Boston University in 2002.

About Christopher Ricks

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Christopher Ricks is a Professor of the Humanities as Boston University, having previously taught at Oxford and Cambridge. He has published books on Milton, Tennyson, Keats, T.S. Eliot, and Beckett, as well as two collections of critical essays.

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