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Systemic Circulation Speech

Systemic Circulation Speech

Good morning/afternoon Miss Trainor and Class im here today to talk to you about the war poet Edward Thomas. Born March 3, 1878, in London, Edward Thomas had his education at St. Paul's School and Lincoln College, Oxford University, from which he graduated in 1900 with a history degree. Having married Helen Noble in 1899 and with a baby son, Merfyn, to support, Thomas became a professional writer. In his brief 15-year career he produced over two dozen books and many dozens of reviews. He focused on local history and literary figures. His books dealt with such authors as George Borrow, William Cobbett, John Dyer, George Herbert, Richard Jefferies, John Keats, Christopher Marlowe, Walter Pater, and Algernon Charles Swinburne. As his family grew with the birth of daughters Bronwen (1902) and Myfanwy (1910), so did his financial problems. He intermittently fell ill from 1903 onward. Thomas only began writing poems in late 1914 after a visit from Robert Frost. A pseudonym Edward Eastaway, used in Six Poems (1916), enabled him to isolate poetry from his professional writing. In 1915 his two years of war service began when he joined the Artists' Rifles. After spending some months as a map-reading instructor at Hare Hall Camp in Romford, he became an officer cadet and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, 244 Siege Battery, R. G. A., and volunteered for overseas duty in late 1916. Just before he left England he looked over the proofs of his contributions to An Annual of New Poetry. Thomas died from a shell explosion on April 9, 1917, at Ronville, just as the Arras offensive started.

Edward Thomas’s poetry had mainly a nature theme , and showed though his poetry he had a great appreciation for the simple pleasures in life such as watching the snow fall down and watching the rain or a green elm in autumn . The reason behind this appreciation for the simple things in life came from his many years of not being able to afford anything but the bare essentials. This is strongly reflected in his poetry at the start of his war years as he focuses on the simple good things that happen rather than the atrocities of war. This is shown in his poem “October” in which Edward Thomas writes about how although they are at war there is still life among all the death...

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