Shortly before the First World War, three poets – Lascelles Abercrombie, Wilfrid Gibson and Robert Frost – came to live near Dymock in Gloucestershire. Three poets visited them: Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater and Edward Thomas. Their friend, the Gloucester solicitor, Jack Haines from whose correspondence and articles we know so much, dubbed them ‘The Dymock Poets’.
Within a year of the outbreak of war, Brooke was dead and Robert Frost had returned to the USA. Within two years Edward Thomas was killed at Vimy Ridge.
Their relationship was short-lived but remarkably productive and influential. They produced the collection New Numbers which contained memorable poems such as Rupert Brooke’s ‘The Soldier’ and ‘The Old Nail Shop’ by Wilfrid Gibson (then a very popular poet). They worked on poems that were to become amongst the most read poems in the world like ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Frost and ‘Adlestrop’ by Thomas.
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