Tuesday poem: Thaw, by Edward Thomas

I’m a great fan of Edward Thomas and I’ve posted at least one of his poems before, but this one seems especially appropriate for London weather at present, which is cold and dark and wet, with the threat of more snow an ever-present undercurrent to the forecasts. I’m lucky to be leaving it next week, for the sunshine – I don’t usually mind winter weather, but this one has been, is still being, troublesome and difficult and spirit-lowering.

I particularly like Thomas’s imagery in these taut four lines – and the use of perspective – the rooks’ perspective versus our own. And if the snow is thawing, then maybe spring can’t be far away …

Thaw by Edward Thomas

Over the land half-freckled with snow half-thawed

The speculating rooks at their nests cawed,

And saw from elm-tops, delicate as a flower of grass,

What we below could not see, Winter pass.

You might like to have a look at other poems on the Tuesday Poem page – if the post titles in the right hand side bar say ‘Tuesday poem’ you can bet there are poems somewhere about!

4 Responses to “Tuesday poem: Thaw, by Edward Thomas”

  1. Frances Thomas Says:

    It’s like a haiku, isn’t it, this one, with its concentration, and sense of several layers of meaning?

  2. admin Says:

    Yes, it’s very like a haiku, isn’t it? He’d have been good at them.

  3. Jennifer Compton Says:

    Adelstrop is one of my top ten poems but I don’t know much of his other work so thanks for this – LIKE!

  4. Belinda Says:

    I’m so glad you like it – he really was a great poet. So sad that he was killed in the last days of World War One.

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