Dylan Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953 / Swansea / Wales)
Dylan Marlais Thomas was a Welsh poet and writer who wrote exclusively in English. In addition to poetry, he wrote short stories and scripts for film and radio, which he often performed himself. His public readings, particularly in America, won him great acclaim; his sonorous voice with a subtle Welsh lilt became almost as famous as his works. His best-known works include the "play for voices" Under Milk Wood and the celebrated villanelle for his dying father, "Do not go gentle into that good night". Appreciative critics have also noted the craftsmanship and compression of poems such as "In my Craft or Sullen Art", and the rhapsodic lyricism in "And death shall have no dominion" and "Fern ... more »
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- A Child's Christmas in Wales
- A Grief Ago
- A Letter to My Aunt
- A Process in the Weather of the Heart
- A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, o...
- A Saint About To Fall
- A Winter's Tale
- After the Funeral (In memory of Ann Jone...
- All All And All The Dry Worlds Lever
- All That I Owe the Fellows of the Grave
- Altarwise by Owl-Light
- Among Those Killed in the Dawn Raid Was ...
- And Death Shall Have No Dominion
- Author's Prologue
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''A worm tells summer better than the clock,Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet. "Here in this spring."
The slug's a living calendar of days;
What shall it tell me if a timeless insect
Says the world wears away?''
''It's thatthe thought of the few, simple things we want and the knowledge that we're going to get them in spite of you know Who and His spites and tempersthat keeps us living I think.''Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet. Letter, late 1936, to Caitlin, later Thomas's wife. The Collected Letters of Dylan Thomas (1985).
''Hold hard, my county darlings, for a hawk descends,Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet. "Hold hard, these ancient minutes in the cuckoo's month."
Golden Glamorgan straightens, to the falling birds.
Your sport is summer as the spring runs angrily.''
I know we're not saints or virgins or lunatics; we know all the lust and lavatory jokes, and most of the dirty people; we can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentenc...Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet. Letter, 1936, to Caitlin, later his wife. The Collected Letters of Dylan Thomas (1985).