Here's a virtual movie of Edward Thomas reading his exquisite poem dedicated to his friendship with the American poet Robert Frost "The Sun Used To Shine".
The soundtrack of this virtual movie is by the brilliant veteran English actor Paul R Webster one of the finest reciters of poetry I have ever heard. Paul has a wonderful youtube channel in which you can watch his amazing one man show "Hitler Alone" that centres on the thoughts of the evil dictators last hours in the bunker.Paul wrote this play 40 years before the recent brilliant German movie "Downfall" starring Bruno Ganz.
Edward Thomas's poem, The Sun Used to Shine, depicts memories of the past that were important to the author. He shares with readers how much nightly walks with his friend Robert Frostto meant to him. These walks may have seemed simple. They may have seemed like just a way to relax and pass the time of the evening, however in reality they were so much more.
On these walks, the two noticed and appreciated the wonders of nature around them. An example of this is depicted through the following words,
"The stateliest of small flowers on earth, At the forest verge: or crocuses, Pale purple as if they had their birth."
They also reflected upon the events of their day and thought about the days of others. They thought of soldiers at war and what their days were like. They imagined the emotions and feelings that they went through and how they differed from their own. An example of this is shown with the following words,
"In sunless Hades fields. The war came back to mind with the moonrise which soldiers in the east afar beheld then. Nevertheless, our eyes could as well imagine the Crusades or Caesar's battles."
Thomas connects life events, both his own and those of others to nature through his words. Nature rules life and plays a role in everyone's life whether or not they take the time to notice all that is around them. Thomas shows through this poem that life is a journey, a journey that always comes to an end eventually. However, although traditions eventually change or come to a halt all together, memories are always there. Memories exist long after events and time periods in life cease. Simple life events such as nightly walks can be great memories that will never be forgotten by those who experienced them. These memories live on if they are shared with others, however they mean the most to those who actually experienced them for themselves.
This poem shares the idea of how it is important to make the most out of every moment of life. Taking time to appreciate all of nature's beauty and all of those who share life with them can really make for some great memories in later years, memories that will always be cherished for as long as people live.
Philip Edward Thomas (3 March 1878 -- 9 April 1917) was an Anglo-Welsh poet and essayist. He is commonly considered a war poet, although few of his poems deal directly with his war experiences. Already an accomplished writer, Thomas turned to poetry only in 1914. In 1915, he enlisted in the British Army to fight in the First World War and was killed in action during the Battle of Arras in 1917, soon after he arrived in France.
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