Creator / Dylan Thomas

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"In my craft or sullen art/Exercised in the still night/When only the moon rages/And the lovers lie abed/With all their griefs in their arms, I labor by singing light..."

Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means,
Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

Dylan Thomas was a Welsh poet, born in 1914 and dead by 1953. His poetry is notable for its tendency towards obscurity, its gothic, surreal tone and its rhythmic, infectious cadence. His most famous poem is the Trope Namer for Do Not Go Gentle.

His books available today include...


His life and work give examples of the following tropes...

  • Growing Up Sucks: "Fern Hill" (which provides the page quote) is about how his memories of a happy summer at the title farm have been spoiled by an adult's awareness that time was going to take it all away.
  • Infant Immortality: Purposefully averted. A handful of his poems ("A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London" and "The Conversation of Prayer", to name a couple) deal with dead children.
  • Religious Horror: Much of his poetry is grotesque, an effect he achieved by juxtaposing religious imagery with descriptions of filth and decay.

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