Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems, "Do not go gentle into that good night", "And death shall have no dominion", the "play for voices", Under Milk Wood, and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child's Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He became popular in his lifetime, and remained popular after his death; partly due to his larger than life character, and his reputation for drinking to excess.

Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales in 1914. An undistinguished student, he left school at 16, becoming a journalist for a short time. Although many of his works appeared in print while a teenager, it was the publication of "Light breaks where no sun shines", published in 1934, that caught the attention of the literary world. While living in London, Thomas met Caitlin Macnamara whom he married in 1937. Their relationship was defined by alcoholism and was mutually destructive. In the early part of his marriage, Thomas and his family lived hand-to-mouth, settling in the Welsh fishing village of Laugharne.

Although Thomas was appreciated as a popular poet in his lifetime, he found earning a living as a writer difficult, which resulted in Thomas augmenting his income with readings and broadcasts. His radio recordings for the BBC during the latter half of the 1940s brought him a level of celebrity. In the 1950s Thomas travelled to America, where his readings brought him a level of fame, though his erratic behaviour and drinking worsened. His time in America cemented Thomas' legend, where he recorded to vinyl works such as A Child's Christmas in Wales. During his fourth trip to New York in 1953 Thomas became gravely ill and fell into a coma from which he did not recover. Thomas died on 9 November 1953 and his body was returned to Wales where he was buried at the village churchyard in Laugharne.

Although writing exclusively in the English language, Thomas has been acknowledged as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th century. Noted for his original, rhythmic and ingenious use of words and imagery, Thomas' position as one of the great modern poets has been much discussed, though this has not tarnished his popularity amongst the general public, who found his work accessible.

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Cultural Depictions Of Dylan Thomas - In Music
... Igor Stravinsky wrote "In memoriam Dylan Thomas Dirge canons and song" (1954) for tenor voice, string quartet, and four trombones, based on "Do not go gentle ... Dylan, born as Robert Zimmermann, is believed to have taken his last name from Thomas (see below) ... artist Peter Blake, includes a photograph of Dylan Thomas ...
List Of Welsh Films - Other Welsh-related Films - Miscellaneous
... Linklater, Ethan Hawke's character mimics Dylan Thomas's voice, reading a fragment from As I Walked Out One Evening wrote by W.H. 2000 The Weight of Water, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, features the Dylan Thomas poem And death shall have no dominion ... This Steven Soderbergh remake also features the Dylan Thomas poem And death shall have no dominion, as George Clooney's character reads the first stanza of the poem ...
The Kardomah Gang
... Regulars included poets Charles Fisher, Dylan Thomas, John Prichard and Vernon Watkins, composer and linguist Daniel Jones, artists Alfred Janes and Mervyn Levy, Mabley Owen and Tom Warner ... The café, opposite the offices of the Evening Post newspaper where Thomas and Fisher worked, was where the group drank coffee and discussed many subjects including Einstein Epstein ... After the bombing, Dylan Thomas came back to visit Swansea ...
Cinema Of Wales - History - 1914 To 1980
... that included Nye! (1965) and Dylan Thomas (1962) ... Dylan Thomas is the only Welsh film to have won an Oscar (for best short documentary), it features Richard Burton as narrator, visiting the haunts of Dylan Thomas ...
Dylan Thomas - Media Depictions
... 1962 Dylan Thomas, a short, Oscar-winning, documentary film with Richard Burton as narrator, directed by Jack Howells. 1964 Dylan, a Broadway play by Sidney Michaels, starring Alec Guinness as Dylan Thomas and Kate Reid as Caitlin. 1978 Dylan Life and Death of a Poet, a BBC Wales film of Thomas' final two visits to America directed by Richard Lewis ...

Famous quotes by dylan thomas:

    Time kills me terribly.
    ‘Time shall not murder you,’ He said,
    ‘Nor the green nought be hurt;
    Who could hack out your unsucked heart,
    O green and unborn and undead?’
    I saw time murder me.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    ‘... Rebel against the flesh and bone,
    The word of the blood, the wily skin,
    And the maggot no man can slay.’
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    But for the lovers, their arms
    Round the griefs of the ages,
    Who pay no praise or wages
    Nor heed my craft or art.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    Being innocent, he dreaded that he died
    Hating his God, but what he was was plain:
    An old kind man brave in his burning pride.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    Man-in-seed, in seed-at-zero,
    From the star-flanked fields of space,
    Thunders on the foreign town
    With a sand-bagged garrison....
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)