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February 9, 2017

Quotations by Dylan Thomas


DYLAN THOMAS (1914 –1953), 20TH CENTURY WELSH POET AND WRITER, NOTED FOR HIS MUSICAL VERSE AND BOHEMIAN LIFESTYLE.

Quotations by Dylan Thomas

“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

“Venus lies star-struck in her wound
And the sensual ruins make
Seasons over the liquid world,
White springs in the dark.”
~ Dylan Thomas, Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait

“Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.”
~ Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill

“They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
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.”
~ Dylan Thomas, And Death Shall Have No Dominion Poem

“A worm tells summer better than the clock,
The slug's a living calendar of days;
What shall it tell me if a timeless insect
Says the world wears away?”
~ Dylan Thomas, Here In This Spring

“Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores.”
~ Dylan Thomas, The Force That through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower

“Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.”
~ Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

“In my craft or sullen art
Exercised in the still night
When only the moon rages
And the lovers lie abed
With all their griefs in their arms
I labour by singing light
Not for ambition or bread
Or the strut and trade of charms
On the ivory stages
But for the common wages
Of their most secret heart.”
~ Dylan Thomas, In My Craft Or Sullen Art

“My birthday began with the water-
Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name
Above the farms and the white horses
And I rose
In a rainy autumn
And walked abroad in shower of all my days
High tide and the heron dived when I took the road
Over the border
And the gates
Of the town closed as the town awoke.”
~ Dylan Thomas, Poem In October

“Which is the world? Of our two sleepings, which
Shall fall awake when cures and their itch
Raise up this red-eyed earth?”
~ Dylan Thomas, Our Eunuch Dreams

“Fear not the waking world, my mortal,
Fear not the flat, synthetic blood,
Nor the heart in the ribbing metal.
Fear not the tread, the seeded milling,
The trigger and scythe, the bridal blade,
Nor the flint in the lover's mauling.”
~ Dylan Thomas, And Death Shall Have No Dominion Poem

“From where you are you can hear in Cockle Row in the spring, moonless night, Miss Price, dressmaker and sweetshop-keeper, dream of her lover, tall as the town clock tower, Samson syrup-gold-maned, whacking thighed and piping hot, thunderbolt-bass'd and barnacle-breasted, flailing up the cockles with his eyes like blowlamps and scooping low over her lonely loving hotwaterbottled body.”
~ Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood

“It was snowing. It was always snowing at Christmas. December, in my memory, is white as Lapland, though there were no reindeers. But there were cats.”
~ Dylan Thomas, A Child's Christmas in Wales

“Time passes. Listen. Time passes.
Come closer now.
Only you can hear the houses sleeping in the streets in the slow deep salt and silent black, bandaged night.”
~ Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood

 “Deep with the first dead lies London's daughter,
Robed in the long friends,
The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
Secret by the unmourning water
Of the riding Thames.
After the first death, there is no other.”
~ Dylan Thomas, A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London

“My tears are like the quiet drift
Of petals from some magic rose;
And all my grief flows from the rift
Of unremembered skies and snows.
I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.”
~ Dylan Thomas, Clown in the Moon

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