Edward Thomas and Robert Frost: To Earthward

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Abstract

This chapter argues that Thomas's and Frost's poetry exhibits many features highlighted by recent new materialist criticism -- in respect of the entanglement between selves and objects, their fundamental interdependence and the consequence of that perspective for man/ nature relations, human / animal relations, the material quality of memory, interpersonal exchange (including literary influence) and the form in which communities debate. The discussion is based around the presence of soil (and its near-synonyms) in a number of poems and prose passages from both writers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnticipatory Materialisms in LIterature and Philosophy, 1790-1930
EditorsJo Carruthers, Nour Dakkak, Rebecca Spence
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter13
Pages219-40
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-29817-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-29816-6
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2020

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