Thomas has a very distinctive eye for the miniature of nature, often overlooked by others. Explore his appreciation of the natural world in the poem ‘But These Things Also.’

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‘All the white things man mistakes/For earliest violets’
Thomas has a very distinctive eye for the miniature of nature, often overlooked by others. Explore his appreciation of the natural world in the poem ‘But These Things Also.’
But These Things Also is a poem that presents us with an alternative view of Winter and Spring. Similarities are drawn between the two seasons, and Thomas explains how the two are not separate entities, but instead merge into one another until they are inseparable. Thomas' connection with nature, and the time that he would spend immersing himself within it allowed him to develop an intense and unique view of Britain's countryside, as can be seen throughout much of his poetry. But These Things Also can be
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Another similarity between the two poems is their endings. But These Things Also ends with the line 'And Spring's here, Winter's not gone' whilst March ends with 'Saying that Spring returns, perhaps tomorrow'. This again reflects the melancholic view of Sprint's arrival in March contrasted with the anticipation and pleasure that But These Things Also contains. Thomas in each poem is analysing the minutiae of nature, but interpreting it in two different ways. The structure of the poem is atypical of Thomas' style. Thomas uses the punctuation to draw attention away from the rhyme scheme and towards the content of the poem. Considering that Thomas spent many years writing prose, this style is relatively understandable and common throughout his work. The caesurae that can be found throughout But These Things Also is significant. This is because it helps to break down the poem and explain the relationship between the lines. The hyphen at the end of line 1 demonstrates how the rest of the poem will go on to list and explain the things that are also Spring's. furthermore, the semicolon at the end of the first verse helps to separate the different features in the list, showing that Thomas has moved on to

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