Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Remembering Adlestrop

"100 years ago, in June 1914, Edward Thomas's train pulled 'unwontedly' at the railway station at Adlestrop. We asked Poetry Society members and our followers on social media to send in their poems inspired by the poem, films/soundtracks of themselves reciting the poem, or to simply send us their thoughts and memories." 

(Taken from the Poetry Society Website)

Here's the poem:

Adlestrop 

Edward Thomas 

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.

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