ADLESTROP BY EDWARD THOMAS

“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.  Some one 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 around him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.”

 

In 1914 the poet, Edward Thomas took an uneventful journey on an express train. During the course of which the train stopped, for no apparent reason at Adlestrop, a railway station in the tiny Gloucestershire village of the same name. The station closed in 1966, however a bench from the station now stands in a nearby bus shelter with a plaque which quotes the poem.

(see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adlestrop).

 

 

 
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