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Yesterday marked the centenary of the birth of Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas.
Dylan Thomas is remembered for his influence on a generation of Beat Poets in New York, as well as the profound impact he that had on his mother land. It’s possible that he also influenced the great folk singer, Bob Dylan. Who knows? Perhaps ‘the answer is blowin’ in the wind’, as Bob Dylan would put it.
I recently became the proud owner of the complete audio works of Dylan Thomas. Being able to hear the poet read his lines aloud, exactly as he intended them to be heard, is a huge privilege which I know I will relish. I dare anyone who but once heres these lines, to ever forget them:
‘Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’
“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.”
Sadly, he never saw his fortieth year, but at least we still have his words, which is a blessing.
RIP Dylan Thomas 27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953
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