See Article History Alternative Title: His personal life, punctuated by reckless bouts of drinking, was notorious. Thomas spent his childhood in southwestern Wales. His father taught English at the Swansea grammar schoolwhich in due course the boy attended.
Several of his poems have passed into the cultural mainstream, and his work has been used by authors, musicians and film and television writers. Although influenced by the modern symbolism and surrealism movement he refused to follow its creed.
Instead Thomas is viewed as part of the modernism and romanticism movements, though attempts to pigeon-hole him within a particular neo-romantic school have been unsuccessful.
His images were carefully ordered in a patterned sequence, and his major theme was the unity of all life, the continuing process of life and death and new life that linked the generations. Thomas saw biology as a magical transformation producing unity out of diversity, and in his poetry sought a poetic ritual to celebrate this unity.
He saw men and women locked in cycles of growth, love, procreation, new growth, death, and new life. Therefore, each image engenders its opposite. Thomas derived his closely woven, sometimes self-contradictory images from the Bible, Welsh folklore, preaching, and Sigmund Freud.
This is attributed to Hopkins, who taught himself Welsh and who used sprung verse, bringing some features of Welsh poetic metre into his work. Ferrisp.
One poet Thomas greatly admired, and who is regarded as an influence, was Thomas Hardy. Ferrispp. But then Dubliners was a pioneering work in the world of the short story, and no good storywriter since can have failed, in some way, however little, to have benefited by it.Dylan Thomas: Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet and prose writer whose work is known for its comic exuberance, rhapsodic lilt, and pathos.
His personal life, punctuated by reckless bouts of drinking, was notorious. Thomas spent his childhood in southwestern Wales. His father taught English at the Swansea grammar school.
Dylan Thomas's most famous poem, known by its first line "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," is also the most famous example of the poetic form known as the villanelle.(See "Rhyme, Form, and Meter" for an explanation of the villanelle.) Yet, the poem's true importance lies not in its fame, but in the raw power of the emotions .
The work of Dylan Thomas has occasioned much critical commentary, although critics share no consensus on how bright his star shines in the galaxy of modern poetry.
In fact, it is a curious phenomenon that so many critics seem obsessed with deciding once and for all whether Thomas's poems belong side by side with those of T. S.
Eliot and W. H. Auden, or whether they are—in the . Dylan Thomas - Poet - Dylan Marlais Thomas, born October 27, , in South Wales, was the archetypal Romantic poet of the popular American imagination—he was flamboyantly theatrical, a heavy drinker, engaged in roaring disputes in public, and read his work aloud with tremendous depth of feeling and a singing Welsh lilt.
Dylan Marlais Thomas was born in the Welsh seaport of Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Wales, on October 27, His father, David John, was an English teacher and a would-be poet from whom Dylan inherited his intellectual and literary abilities.
From his mother, Florence, a simple and religious woman Died: Nov 09, The BBC Radio programme, Desert Island Discs, in which guests usually choose their favourite songs, has heard 45 participants select a Dylan Thomas recording. Poetry Poetic style and influences.