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Dylan Thomas Poems
A process in the weather of the heart
And death shall have no dominion
Before I knocked
Do not go gentle into that good night
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
When once the twilight locks no longer
Here in this spring
Shall gods be said to thump the clouds
Where once the waters of your face
My hero bares his nerves
I see the boys of summer
Dylan Thomas Biography: A Brief Biography
Full Name: Dylan Marlais Thomas
Date of Birth: October 27, 1914
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales
Parents: David John Thomas, Florence Hannah
Siblings: Nancy Marles (nine years his senior)
Date of Death: November 9, 1953 (39 years old)
Place of Death: New York City, New York
Dylan Thomas grew up in Swansea, the second largest city in Wales. His parents spoke both Welsh and English, but he and his sister spoke only English, and throughout his life, Dylan would only write poems and stories in English, despite the fact that his father taught Welsh lessons while his children were young.
From the time he was born until he was 19 years old, Dylan lived at the same address - 5 Cwmdonkin Drive – in Uplands, a suburb of Swansea. In the summertime he often visited Carmarthenshire, where his aunt owned a dairy farm called Fernhill, which would later be the inspiration of his famous poem.
Throughout his school years, Dylan was a run-of-the-mill student, and began showing a strong interest in poetry after he had a poem published in a school magazine. From there, his enjoyment of poetry and writing increased, and he left school at age 16 to write for the South Wales Daily Post, a daily tabloid newspaper that was founded in 1893, and to this day, has a circulation of more than 40,000.
After leaving the paper less than two years later, Dylan continued to write ferociously, reportedly collecting more than 200 poems in a stretch from 1930 to 1934. During his lifetime, Dylan published some 90-odd poems, and half were supposedly written during this four-year period.
In December 1934, Dylan published his first poetry collection, 18 Poems, to critical praise. Two years later, he published Twenty-Five Poems, which included classic poems like “And death shall have no dominion” and “Here in this spring.”
Two years after the publication of Twenty-Five Poems, Dylan met Caitlin Macnamara, with whom he would quickly fall in love, and by 1939, would give birth to the couple’s first child, Llewelyn Eduoard.
The Map of Love was published in 1939 and included poems and short stories. The next year he published more short stories in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog.
In 1941, Swansea was bombed by the German Wehrmacht, and many of the streets in which Dylan grew up were demolished or at least structurally damaged. Only after the war were many of the shops and areas completely refinished and reopened.
For many years Dylan wrote scripts and screenplays to make a better income, and also did radio recordings for the Welsh BBC and other outlets. Over a three-year span Dylan produced more than 100 recordings.
Dylan published Deaths and Entrances in 1946, a monumental collection that included “Fern Hill,” “In my craft or sullen art” and “Holy Spring.”
From 1950 to 1953, Dylan made his first trips to America, spending most of his time in New York City with his American literary agent, John Brinnin, who would later write the book Dylan in America, a tale of Dylan’s exploits abroad, and one that only strengthened the poet’s reputation as a rambunctious literary figure.
In October 1953, Dylan visited New York, and for the following days, appeared very sickly, having more visible health problems than normal. His health never recovered, and over the next week he complained of feeling even worse, and when he died on November 9, the official medical explanation was due to pneumonia, “pressure on the brain” and the ill health of his liver. Though it’s often reported that he died from drinking 18 whiskeys in a row, his death is more accurately attributed to lingering health problems that existed before he went on what would become his final whisky binge.
Sixty years after his death, Dylan Thomas is still as relevant as ever. His personal and lyrical poetry speaks to readers now just as it did when it was first published, and analysis of his poetry continues to this day.