Yes, I remember Adlestrop–

Photo by David Dukes
Photo by David Dukes

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.

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Works Cited

1. Dukes, David. Adlestrop. Poets Grave “Edward Thomas” 6 Dec. 2007 <>.
2. Edward Thomas “Adlestrop” Dir. Jim Clark. 2003. YouTube. 6 Dec. 2007 <>.
3. Thomas, Edward. “Edward Thomas.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature Eighth Edition. Ed. Greenblatt Stephen and M.H. Abrams. New York: W&W Norton & Company, 2006. 1956-1959.