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Dylan Thomas
Welsh poet and writer
(1914-53)



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And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men 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" (1936)

Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes.
And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns.

-- "Fern Hill" (1946)

Not for the proud man apart
From the raging moon I write
On these spindrift pages
Nor for the towering dead
With their nightingales and psalms
But for the lovers, their arms
Round the griefs of the ages,
Who pay no praise or wages
Nor heed my craft or art.

-- "In my Craft or Sullen Art" (1946)

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

-- "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" (1952)

It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and
bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched,
courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack,
slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea. The houses are blind as
moles (though moles see fine tonight in the snouting, velvet dingles) or
blind as Captain Cat there in the muffled middle by the pump and the
town clock, the shops in mourning, the Welfare Hall in widows' weeds.
And all the people of the lulled and dumbfound town are sleeping now.

-- Under Milk Wood (1954)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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