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Thomas, Dylan. (1914 - 1953).

W o r k

< influenced by John Donne: emotionalism, lyric intensity, and metaphysical speculation

Eighteen Poems (1934):

- an early collection of poetry in the Romantic tradition

- uses extravagant rhetorics, violent imagery, and suggestive obscurity

The Map of Love (1939):

< influenced by the Bible, the folklore and preaching of his native Wales, and the psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud

- suggests the unity of all life, the continuing process of life and death, and seeks for a poetic ritual to celebrate this unity

> “Twenty-four Years Remind the Tears of My Eyes”:

- interweaves the turbulent pulses of nature and the stillness of death

- typifies the confident loose-limbed swing of much of his verse

> “In Memory of Ann Jones”:

- in memory of his aunt

- specifically Welsh in terms of local reference

- yearns for a future universal release from death

Deaths and Entrances (1946):

< influenced by the WW II

- the title: derived from J. Donne

- addresses the idea of Death and Resurrection in an explicitly Christian way

> “Poem in October”:

- presents reminiscence and autobiographical emotion

- re-enacts the freedoms of childhood

> “Deaths and Entrances”:

- links incendiary bombs and fire-storms with an impending Armageddon

> “Ceremony After a Fire Raid”:

- both grieves x refuses to grieve, translates destruction into reconstitution

> “Fern Hill”:

- celebrates his youth, the age of innocence with no knowledge of death

“Do Not Go Gentle” (1951):

- his most celebrated late poem, written about his father

- expresses his anxiety and a personal protest against death


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  • Author

    Dylan Marlais Thomas. (1914 - 1953). Welsh.
  • Work

    Poet. Playwright. Author of "Do Not Go Gentle" (1951).
  • Genres

    Modern poetry. War poetry.


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"Do not go gentle into that good night, / Old age should burn and rave at close of day; / Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

From "Do Not Go Gentle" (1951).


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