Friday 2nd October, 2pm-3pm.
This talk explores the relationship between nature and mental health in the poetry of Edward Thomas and reflects on the contemporary relevance of the poet's treatment of this subject. Throughout his life Edward Thomas suffered from severe bouts of depression that he examined with unflinching honesty in his poems. Thomas’s mental health was intimately connected with the need for deep engagement with the natural world as a way to ease his suffering. This talk will draw upon close readings of the poems to consider how nature helped Edward Thomas’s mental health, the extent of its impact on his wellbeing and the lessons his poetic reflections on the subject can offer to contemporary understanding of this complex illness.
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The talk will be held as a pre-recorded video followed by a live Q+A session with our speaker on Zoom. Full details of how to take part will be sent to participants after booking their place.
This talk is being given by Elizabeth Black: I am an academic with a specialism in ecocriticism, modernism and poetry. My first book was published by Routledge in 2017 and is titled The Nature of Modernism: Ecocritical Approaches to the Poetry of Edward Thomas, T. S. Eliot, Edith Sitwell and Charlotte Mew. I am a huge admirer of the work of Edward Thomas and I am currently researching connections between his work, the ecoGothic and folk horror.