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On Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

Another beautiful example of the villanelle form is Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas, a poem I first heard as a teenager, recited not by Thomas himself but by Richard Bebb, on a record of poetry in which, inter alia, he shares the reading with Richard Burton of Under Milk Wood, parts of which I'd known since boyhood, and huge sections of which I can still remember and recite today, with a mixture of admiration and affection.

Dylan Thomas - or rather his work - has remained dear to me, one way of another, for more than 30 years, from these poems, through the biographies I consumed at Edinburgh and subsequently, right up to a recent profile on Great Lives and excellent recent BBC commentary on Under Milk Wood.

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