The collected poems of Dylan Thomas

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New Directions, 1953 - Poetry - 203 pages
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The prologue in verse, written for this collected edition of my poems, is intended as an address to my readev3 the strangers. This book contains most of the poems I have written, and all, up to the present yea2, that I wish to preserve. Some of them I have revised a little. Preface.

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That voice on recordings is so resonant, and without any technical gadgetry. Very much a poet for adolescents, and whyever not! This first poet I fell into; the first poetry book I ever bought (Deaths ... Read full review

Contents

see the boys of summer
1
knocked
8
Especially when the October wind
19
In the beginning
27
dreamed my genesis
33
I in my intricate image
40
Incarnate devil
46
Shall gods be said to thump the clouds
52
On no work of words
104
Twentyfour years
110
This Side of the Truth
116
The Hunchback in the Park
123
A Winters Tale
131
On a Wedding Anniversary
138
Once below a time
147
Lie Still Sleep Becalmed
153

Ears in the turrets hear 67
67
have longed to move away
73
Altarwise by owllight
80
Because the pleasurebird whistles
86
The spire cranes
95
Ballad of the Longlegged Bait
166
yln country sleep
181
In the white giants thigh
197
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About the author (1953)

Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales on 27 October 1914. In 1934 his first book of poetry, "Eighteen Poems" appeared, followed by "Twenty-five Poems" in 1936, "Deaths and Entrances" in 1946 and in 1952 his final volume, "Collected Poems". He also published many short stories, wrote filmscripts, broadcast stories and talks, did a series of lecture tours in the United States and wrote "Under Milkwood", the radio play.

During his fourth lecture tour of the United States in 1953, a few days after his 39th birthday, he collapsed in his New York hotel and died on November 9th at St. Vincent's Hospital. His body was sent back to Laugharne, Wales, where his grave is marked by a simple wooden cross.

In June 1994, his wife, Caitlin Thomas, died in Italy, where she had spent most of the years of her life after the death of Dylan Thomas. Her body is buried next to his.

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