I wanted to share my favourite poem with you by Dylan Thomas. Dylan is a Welsh poet who lived a short and eventful life, and is probably Wales’ best known literary export.


And Death Shall Have No Dominion was written in 1933, and is themed on resurrection. The poem is a challenging read but it contains some amazing lines, my favourite being:

Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

I recently reviewed the latest incarnation of Under Milkwood, Thomas’ most famous work (check it out here: Under Milkwood review); this was a great interpretation of the lovely Welsh chaos that is included in a lot of his work.

Dylan began to gain popularity as a writer during his life from small beginnings in Wales, but sadly died in New York in 1953, aged just 39.

Have a little read, I hope it provokes some interest in Dylan Thomas and his other work:

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad and shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews gave way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan’t crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.

Dylan Thomas

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