On Remembrance Day, I shall stay with Edward Thomas. As is so often the case, he accomplishes quietly what others seek to accomplish in high-toned language.
This ploughman dead in battle slept out of doors
Many a frosty night, and merrily
Answered staid drinkers, good bedmen, and all bores:
'At Mrs Greenland's Hawthorn Bush,' said he,
'I slept.' None knew which bush. Above the town,
Beyond 'The Drover', a hundred spot the down
In Wiltshire. And where now at last he sleeps
More sound in France -- that, too, he secret keeps.
Thomas wrote the poem in January of 1915. He enlisted in July of that year.