A Private

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Analysis of A Private by Edward Thomas

The title of this poem is interesting since it gives the nameless subject anonymity – he could be any one of the thousands of dead privates currently lying in unknown graves in France.

The subject being a ploughman is representative of Thomas’s beloved countryside – a common theme in his poetry which is repeated in the later poem As the Team’s Head-Brass.


  • No. of Words: 463
  • Author: W Lawrance
  • Category: OCR AS F661 Edward Thomas
  • Syllabus(es): OCR
  • Revised and Updated: July 2012
  • Publisher: Great War Literature Publishing LLP

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