The Ash Grove

Scope and Content

First line: In an ash-grove among the mountains once, I was glad.

Written in London.

Poem 97 in R. George Thomas, The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas (1978), p. 269.

Drafts:

(1) Second draft, in ink, is of seven verses, sent to Eleanor Farjeon

(2) Third draft, owned by the Bodleian (MS.Don.d.28), has four verses with some corrections. R. George Thomas suggests it was revised on 11 Feb 1916

(3) First draft, in pencil, containing six verses, was sent to Helen Thomas with a letter dated 6 Feb 1916 (see 424/1/2/1/1/3/12)

First published in Last Poems (1918) and Twelve Poets, A Miscellany of New Verse (1918).

Related Material

See R. George Thomas, The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas (1978), p.268 for variant drafts.

First draft, in a letter to Helen Thomas, is at 424/1/2/1/1/3/12.