Last Poem

Scope and Content

First line: The sorrow of true love is a great sorrow.

Written at Lydd.

Poem 144 in R. George Thomas, The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas (1978), p. 377.

Drafts:

(1) A manuscript copy of the original made in Helen Thomas' hand

(2) A transcript of the original made by Edward Cawston Thomas (Thomas' grandson)

(3) Written on the last page of the Diary kept by Thomas during his last three months as a soldier (see 424/3/2/4)

First published along with the Diary and a foreword in The Anglo-Welsh Review (Autumn, 1971).

Related Material

See R. George Thomas, The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas (1978), p.376 for variant drafts.

Photocopies and transcripts of Edward Thomas' diary are at 424/3/2/4.