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Robert Frost - To E.T.

I slumbered with your poems on my breast
Spread open as I dropped them half-read through
Like dove wings on a figure on a tomb
To see, if in a dream they brought of you,

I might not have the chance I missed in life
Through some delay, and call you to your face
First solider, and then poet, and then both,
Who died a soldier-poet of your race.

I meant, you meant, that nothing should remain
Unsaid between us, brother, and this remained--
And one thing more that was not then to say:
The Victory for what it lost and gained.

You went to meet the shell's embrace of fire
On Vimy Ridge; and when you fell that day
The war seemed over more for you than me,
But now for me than you--the other way.

How ever, though, for even me who knew
The foe thrust back unsafe beyond the Rhine,
If I was not speak of it to you
And see you pleased once more with words of mine?

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To E.T. - Comments and Information

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 20. To E.T.
Volume: New Hampshire
Year: Published/Written in 1923
Poem of the Day: Mar 2 2013

Comment 4 of 4, added on July 18th, 2014 at 6:03 AM.

kY5vNe Im thankful for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on...

crorkservice from Vietnam
Comment 3 of 4, added on July 4th, 2010 at 7:19 PM.

Frost lived in England briefly during his early years as a poet. There, he had a friend named Edward Thomas (E.T.), who was a poet, and who enlisted to fight in WW I. Thomas -- who was a great friend and a promising young poet -- died at Vimy in the fighting.

Louis B. Jones from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on May 17th, 2005 at 4:10 PM.

I love this poem! I read it hundreds of times and wasn't sure why I liked it or what it meant even, now that I know I like it even more! It is sad though, I think that he must really have loved Edward Thomas (as a friend) to write such beautiful words about him.

Lyssa from Canada

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