War poet is an unsatisfactory description of Edward Thomas. What is a war poet? Are you a war poet if you write poetry about war? Are you a war poet if you write poetry during a war? Are you simply a war poet if you are a soldier and write poetry? It would seem the noted soldiering and scribbling of Edward Thomas consigned him to this absurd category which we still otiosely use for our own convenience. In fact, relatively little of Thomas’ brief poetic output is concerned with war. Most of his poems are tender speculative expressions about the natural world and its strong and subtle connection to the human mind.