Poem introduction

Justly famous is the poem 'Adlestrop', which reminds us that the old steam trains were very noisy in action – when they came to a halt at a country station, then you would hear for the first time the sounds of the countryside.

Adlestrop

 
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.
 
 

Recordings

Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas Downloads read by James Fenton

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1Adlestrop by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

2October by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

3The Trumpet by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

4Interval by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

5The Path by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

6The Glory by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

7Introduction to 'Old Man' by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

8Old Man by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

9Aspens by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

10Sowing by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

11Fifty Faggots by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

12Digging by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

13Words by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

14'If I should ever by chance ...' by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

15When Gorse is Out of Flower by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

15When Gorse is Out of Flower by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

15When Gorse is Out of Flower by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

16Lob (excerpt) by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

17Swedes by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

18Tall Nettles by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

19The Gallows by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

20Country People by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

21May 23 by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

22The Owl by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

23Lights Out by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)