Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.
His books available today include...
- Collected Poems: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog: Following the model of James Joyce's Dubliners with its title an obvious homage to Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (although Thomas insisted he never read a word of Joyce), this autobiographical collection of short stories tracks an Author Avatar as he navigates the turmoil of adolescence and disappointment.
- Quite Early One Morning: A posthumous collection of fictions, interviews and criticis ms. Includes what is arguably his greatest story, "A Child's Christmas in Wales".
- Under Milk Wood: A humorous play, it accounts a strange day in a coastal Welsh town.
- Adventures in the Skin Trade: A slightly surreal novella about a young man trying to become a publisher in Cardiff.
- Rebecca's Daughters: A radio play about the eponymous criminal group.
His life and work give examples of the following tropes...
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Under Milk Wood is set in the fictional village of Llareggub (pronounced Khlar - regg - ib). This looks like a real Welsh place name to the untrained eye, but try reading it backwards ...
- 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.