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Analysis of Rain by Edward Thomas

This is a complex and complicated poem which requires some fairly detailed understanding of the poet’s background and his sensibilities, as well as the concept that someone who is suffering from depression – as Thomas frequently did – does not see things from the same perspective as others might. Depression takes many forms: Winston Churchill used to call his a “black dog”, which seems a bizarre, even slightly friendly description for something that is so consuming and destructive.


  • No. of Words: 1,921
  • Author: W Lawrance
  • Category: OCR AS F661 Edward Thomas and AQA LTA1B World War One Literature
  • Syllabus(es): OCR and AQA
  • Revised and Updated: July 2012
  • Publisher: Great War Literature Publishing LLP

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