This is no Case of Petty Right or Wrong

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Analysis of This is no Case of Petty Right or Wrong by Edward Thomas

This poem was written on 26th December 1915, at which stage, Edward Thomas had been serving in the army for just over six months. At this time, he was still based at Hare Hall, Gidea Park in Essex, where he worked as a map reading instructor. The basis for this poem appears to have been that Thomas was thinking back to the beginning of the war, when he was contemplating enlisting, but was undecided due to his feelings of patriotism and duty towards his country; his sense of responsibility for his family and his desire to pursue his literary career, probably in the United States.

NOTES INFORMATION:

  • No. of Words: 1,130
  • 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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