Happy Birthday Dylan Thomas

“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.”
Dylan Thomas

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Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

6 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Dylan Thomas

  1. I love Thomas and read his memoir Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog for the first time last year. His prose was as beautiful as his poetry. Thank you for this post and the one on Plath. Remembering their birthdays is a wonderful reminder for us to reflect on their words once again.


    1. There is something about celebrating milestones, remembering that others have set their voices to words, music, art, poetry…

      I often think of that amazing quote from Thornton Wilder’s “The Bridge of San Luis Rey: “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” When I look back, I see in the words of Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath, a form of love letters to humanity, to those who will come after them. It is a testament to the creative spirit that comes down through the centuries of human experience. I often think that other creatures that share our world have their own way of transferring knowledge from generation to generation. Ah… but that is another story… 🙂 Thank you for joining the dialogue – very much appreciated.

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  2. Yes, he is now being recognized as a great poet. His father read, I guess, great works of literature even before he could read. Your thought about “Live” is so appropriate.


    1. “Do not go gentle into that good night,
      Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
      Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

      Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

      The first time I read those words in high school, a fundamental shift occurred in my thought process. Many have discussed the meaning behind these words, but for me it was simply one word: “Live.”

      Live every day of my life; give reverence and respect to every age that is given to me…

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