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I enjoy reading “Poem of the Week” at The Guardian, hosted by the excellent Carol Rumens. As an illustration of the feature’s high quality, today’s poem and appreciation are as good as any.

The comments section can be fun. Reading it today, I note that there was initially a typo in the poem, with “precious” in the phrase “as precious as gold” being rendered as “previous”. One of the people commenting insists that this was Edward Thomas’s choice and praises him for the innovativeness of the phrase: “An arresting idea… much more so than the stale/redundent (sic) adjective ‘precious’.”

Note to self: avoid cliché, or you’ll be ridiculed by people who can’t spell right one hundred years hence.

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