So Robert Graves, one of Dylan Thomas’s contemporaries, described him. But what do you think? In a letter to a friend, Thomas himself wrote that the difficulty, or “obscurity”, of his poetry was based “on a preconceived symbolism derived (I’m afraid all this sounds wooly and pretentious) from the cosmic significance of the human anatomy.” He also identified in his poetry an “immature violence, rhythmic monotony, frequent muddle-headedness, and a very much overweighted imagery that leads often to incoherence.” Would you agree with Thomas’s own negative estimate of his own work here? Or with those critics who argue that Thomas has been over-rated? Or, having heard Thomas read, do you find his poems powerful and moving? Do they operate at a level very different to that of the rational, logical mind? Or do you have different feelings about different poems of his?
Below are some links related to Dylan Thomas that you may find interesting, useful or amusing. If you find any others, do please add them below. Of course, the library remains your best resource!
A useful, short critical biography of Thomas on the Poetry Foundation website.
A review of three books on Dylan Thomas that discusses the critical debate over the value of Dylan Thomas’s poetry.