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Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas
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bookshelves: poetry, favorites

I don't pretend to understand a lot of his work, but I love it. Anyone who can write things like -
-"they shall have stars at elbow and foot"
-"joy has moved within the inmost marrow of my heart bone"
-"at last the soul from its foul mousehole slunk pouting out"
-"Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart push in their tides" or
-"The voices of all the drowned swam on the wind."
not to mention his wonderful trick of turning nouns into verbs, and his Beowulf-like kennings - no one can write like that and not win my respect.

That's not even mentioning the unforgettably profound lines that have etched themselves on my brain.
"Though lovers be lost, love shall not
And death shall have no dominion." I mean, come on!

And in spite of its popularity, "Do not go gentle into that good night" has lost no power for me. It is well known for good reason.

Read his poems! Don't worry about understanding them! Let the images and the rhythms speak for themselves. They are beautiful.
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