The Dark Forest

University Of Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive
The final stanza probably reflects Edward Thomas' feelings after visiting his parents in London. Soon afterwards his mother had an eye operation. Written at a firing camp in Wiltshire to which Thomas had been moved. The manuscript is untitled and is labeled 'Dark is the forest and deep, and overhead' in Thomas 'Edward Thomas Collected Poems' and 'The Dark Forest by Longley 'Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems'.