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Dylan Thomas[Dylan_Thomas]

 
 
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A process in the weather of the heart :
Poetry 2006-08-20 (5216 hits)

A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London :
Poetry 2006-05-18 (10231 hits)

Această pâine ce’o rup :
Poetry 2005-10-25 (11803 hits)

All All and All the Dry Worlds Lever :
Poetry 2006-08-20 (4857 hits)

And Death Shall Have No Dominion :
Poetry 2003-11-05 (9814 hits)

Before I Knocked :
Poetry 2004-07-01 (5344 hits)

Clown in the Moon :
Poetry 2006-08-20 (6062 hits)

Deaths and Entrances :
Poetry 2005-10-25 (6502 hits)

Do not go gentle into that good night :
Poetry 2003-11-08 (8459 hits)

Dragoste într-un ospiciu :
Poetry 2006-03-29 (6999 hits)

Fern Hill :
Poetry 2005-05-25 (7457 hits)

From Love's First Fever to Her Plague :
Poetry 2006-08-19 (5035 hits)

In my craft or sullen art :
Poetry 2006-03-04 (5120 hits)

La forza che nella verde miccia spinge il fiore :
Poetry 2009-01-19 (8668 hits)

La nunta unei fecioare :
Poetry 2015-12-10 (2020 hits)

Light breaks where no sun shines :
Poetry 2005-06-29 (4992 hits)

Love in the Asylum :
Poetry 2006-02-12 (6626 hits)

Mi’am visat nașterea :
Poetry 2005-11-12 (9442 hits)

My Hero Bares His Nerves :
Poetry 2005-10-10 (4931 hits)

Now :
Poetry 2006-09-03 (7232 hits)

Poem In October :
Poetry 2006-02-12 (6996 hits)

Qui in primavera :
Poetry 2005-07-07 (5615 hits)

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower :
Poetry 2005-10-25 (6323 hits)

Then was my Neophyte :
Poetry 2006-08-20 (5003 hits)

Where Once the Waters of your Face :
Poetry 2006-08-20 (4937 hits)


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Biography Dylan Thomas

Dylan Marlais Thomas was born on October 27, 1914 in Swansea, Glamorganshire (Wales). He was educated at Swansea Grammar School and became well-known for his obscure poetry and amusing plays and prose. Before the publishing of Thomas' first book in 1934, he worked as a reporter for The South Wales Daily Post, in Swansea, (1931-1932) and as a free-lance writer from 1933.

"18 Poems", Thomas' first book, was published as the result of a prize. Thomas was only 19 when this volume of poetry was released. He wrote nearly 30 poems in late 1933 and early 1934, of which 13 were published in this volume. Between May and October 1934, he completed another five for inclusion in the book. The Thomas' poems first appeared in the Sunday Referee in 1933 in a feature column called the "Poets' Corner," edited by Victor Neuburg and Runia Sheila MacLeod. Neuburg began to award prizes to poets whose work was judged to be the finest printed in the column over a period of six months. The prize was that the Sunday Referee would publish the winning poet's work in book form. Dylan Thomas became the second recipient of the prize, which he won for the second of seven poems he published in "Poets' Corner," the poem, "The Force that through the Grass Fuse Drives the Flower." The editors had some difficulty getting Thomas' manuscript accepted by a publisher, until David Archer of the Parton Bookshop agree d to have the book printed. Five hundred copies were printed, but only 250 were bound and issued in December 1934. The remaining half, constituting the second issue, were bound and put on sale on February 21, 1936. It was praised by few because it was so obscure.

He followed "18 Poems" with "25 Poems" in 1936. He lived his life in poverty in England and Wales, while married to Caitlin Macnamara (they were wed in 1937). They had two sons and one daughter. Then he began to concentrate on prose, with such works as "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog", "Adventures in the Skin Trade", and "Quite Early One Morning". He had wanted to serve in World War II, but was rejected so during the war, he worked with a documentary film unit. He also published many short stories, wrote film scripts, broadcast stories and talks, did a series of lecture tours in the United States and wrote "Under Milkwood", the radio play for voices. In 1949, he began frequent visits to the US, touring colleges to read poetry. He was also the recipient of the Foyle Prize in 1953.

During his fourth lecture tour of the United States in 1953, after a long period of depression and drinking and a few days after his 39th birthday, he collapsed in his New York hotel and died on November 9th at St Vincents Hospital. He is said to have died from alcoholic poisoning. His body was sent back to Laugharne, Wales, where his grave is marked by a simple wooden cross. In July 1994 his wife, Caitlin died in Italy, where she had spent most of the years of her life after the death of Thomas. Her body is buried next to his.

Thomas was a man with a Keatsian style and manner, being both energetic and vivid when it came to his imagery. He was Welsh and his voice brought many to enjoy poetry through his readings, he also used words not just for the denotation or connotation meaning, but also for the sound of the word and the meaning that sound creates. The key to Dylan Thomas is reading him aloud, slowly, hitting every vowel and consonant, and worrying about what it all means later.




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