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And Death Shall Have No Dominion - Poem by Dylan Thomas

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead man naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.


Comments about And Death Shall Have No Dominion by Dylan Thomas

  • Veteran Poet - 1,846 Points Samuel Segun Toluwalase (2/22/2017 1:44:00 AM)

    Yes death shall have no dominion. lovely poem, the recitation also aided the emotional impact. Fantastic (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 8,502 Points Tom Allport (1/3/2017 11:43:00 AM)

    another place of true freedom maybe? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points David Haupt (12/20/2016 5:05:00 AM)

    I have recited this poem at many funerals of family and friends. I prefer Thomas's oratorical, musical rendition. I think it is the most humanistic expression of the mystery of death in the English language. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  9. 9. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  10. 10. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  11. 11. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  15. 15. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  16. 16. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  17. 17. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  18. 18. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  19. 19. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  20. 20. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  21. 21. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  22. 22. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  23. 23. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  24. 24. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  25. 25. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  26. 26. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  27. 27. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  28. 28. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  29. 29. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  30. 30. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  31. 31. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  32. 32. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  33. 33. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  34. 34. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  35. 35. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  36. 36. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  37. 37. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  38. 38. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  39. 39. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  40. 40. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  41. 41. Death , William Butler Yeats
  42. 42. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  44. 44. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  45. 45. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  46. 46. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  47. 47. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  48. 48. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  49. 49. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  50. 50. Death , Heinrich Heine
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