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Published to mark the poet's 80th birthday, this is a collection of poems by R.S. Thomas, written between 1945 and 1990. Thomas won numerous awards for his work, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1964.
Paperback, 548 pages
Published 2001 by Phoenix Press (first published 1993)
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Sep 20, 2014 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All who love the old country

"This is Premier League Modern Poetry" to slightly misquote a good friend of mine; heavy weight poetry every bit as Welsh as Heaney is Irish or Tony Harrison is English. Poetry that searches beneath the surface of Welsh rural life in much the same way that the Welsh mined their hills, and faithfully carries and recreates the self same character of those hills; deep, rich language at once beautiful, rugged, intimate and affectionate but also at times stark, hard and astringent without embellishme
This is some of the best faith poetry I've read. My favourite poem in this collection is called Folk Tale. R S Thomas is a must-read.
R.S. Thomas was a Welsh clergyman posted to a rural parish in Wales and his poetry (particularly early on) reflects this. Poems discuss the landscape, individuals and society he finds himself immersed in and how they relate to each other. He finds the farmers, though illiterate, unable to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings and incapable of a profound relationship with God, admirable simply because of their capability to scratch a life out of their hills and valleys. He also notes the ch ...more
R.S. Thomas' poems deal with faith, doubt, and moving forward in a way that even a hardened atheist can respect and love. He is the flip side of the coin of Wallace Stevens, and I love me some Stevens. Do yourself a favor and seek him out.
This book is a great read!
I don't think anyone "finishes" reading a book of poetry, but here are my comments to date: The late Anglican priest R.S. Thomas is one of the best kept secrets among British poets. Although he's been criticized for his brutal metaphors about "Welsh History"(one of his best known works) his poems offer insightful glimpses into life in 20th century Wales. Seamus Heaney lists him as one of his top literary influences.
Anne Reynolds
Thomas ponders the meaning of life in these beautiful poems. My Welsh roots tingle as he addresses rural life, God and religion, marriage and key figures of his time. Wonderful, beautiful and poignant.
Some of the most beautiful poems about faith I know... and a lot about Welsh farming!
Oct 23, 2007 Kate marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This was on Shirley Mullen's recommended reading list under the category of "poetry."
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