No. 64, The Bridge by the House of Earth (October 2013)

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Table of Contents

01.           James Memorial, Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd (2010)

02.           James, Old Land of my Fathers (1856)

I. THE MAP OF LOVE (1933-1939)

03.           Thomas, Especially when the October wind (1934)

04.           Thomas, The force that through the green fuse (1934)

05.           Thomas, And death shall have no dominion (1936)

06.           Thomas, We lying by seasand (1939)

07.           Thomas, On no work of words (1939)

II. DEATHS AND ENTRANCES (1940-1946)

08.           Thomas, Poem in October (1946)

09.           Thomas, In my craft or sullen art (1946)

10.           Thomas, Fern Hill (1946)

11.           Thomas, Ballad of the Long-legged Bait (1946)

III. IN COUNTRY HEAVEN (1947-1952)

12.           Thomas, Poem on his Birthday (1952)

13.           Thomas, In the White Giant’s Thigh (1952)

14.           Thomas, Do not go gentle into that good night (1952)

15.           Thomas, Lament (1952)

IV. UNDER MILK WOOD (1952-1954)

16.           Thomas, Prologue (1952)

17.           Thomas, Llareggub (1954)

18.           Thomas, Under Milk Wood (1954)

19.           The Old Bridge over the River Taff, Pontypridd (c. 1900)

Note

Dylan Thomas always rejected the label of ‘Welsh poet’. He didn’t speak the Welsh language, hadn’t been influenced by the Welsh bardic tradition, and was utterly uninterested in Welsh nationalism. His often-quoted line about his homeland (‘The land of my fathers. And my fathers can have it!’), whether or not it expressed his own view, was placed by him in the mouth of the character of Owen-Morgan Vaughan, who, like Thomas, seeks fame and fortune in London in his screenplay for the 1948 film The Three Weird Sisters. Thomas did acknowledge, however, that whenever inspiration failed him he went back to Wales, and specifically to the town of Laugharne, on the coast of Carmarthenshire, where he stayed, on and off, from 1938, finally moving into his famous boathouse there in 1948. By then Thomas had only five years left to live, but in that time he would return, both in person and in his poetry, to the land of his fathers.

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