R.S. Thomas (1913-2000) was one of the most important poets of our time. This edition – out of print for many years now – was is his own selection taken from six classic collections first published in hardback by Hart-Davis, MacGibbon Ltd in 1973 and reissued by Granada Publishing in 1979, and then first published in paperback under licence to Bloodaxe Books in 1986.
'R.S. Thomas is one of the half-dozen best poets now writing in English. He often moves to tears, and certain lines of his impress themselves instantly, and perhaps ineradicably, upon the mind. His example reduces most modern verse to footling whimsy.’ – Kingsley Amis
‘The most resolute religious poet in English this century… opposed to the materialist ethic of our present age, he remains a mystical, uncompromising seeker after unpalatable verities.’ – Bernard O’Donoghue, Times Literary Supplement
‘He has created his own form of bleak Welsh pastoral, streaked with indignation over the history of Wales and the Welsh.’ – Margaret Drabble, Oxford Companion to English Literature
‘He ranks with the greatest poets of the century and has been called the major one now writing in English. His stature is that of Yeats and Eliot.’ – Western Mail
‘Reading R.S. Thomas’s poems has become like reading the prophet Jeremiah…we ﬁnd the same tenacity of theme and purpose; the ability to look without blinking into the misuse of the raw material of humanity.' – David Scott
‘He was an Anglican parish clergyman, but he was also a man of the earth who believed God to be Nature itself. This is one of the oldest Welsh poetic traditions.’ – Jan Morris
Out of print for many years and last available at £7.95 in 1992, we have a number of spare archive copies of the fourth impression of Selected Poems 1946-1968 which we are offering for £10 each.