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And Death Shall Have No Dominion

Dylan Thomas

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Added by: gabriella cuzari
I love Thomas's poems. "And death shall have no dominion" is my favourite. Our world needs Hope. We need more and more writers who have the courage to maintain that life is worth living in spite of the rough scepticism of contemporary society and that death won't put an end to verything.
Added by: Ben
the way to eternal life does not avoid death, but leads through it.
Added by: M.Russell
Wow! What a work. I had heard about this in a rather unlikely place. I think Mr. Thomas has a new fan I read"Death Shall Have No dominion"
Added by: N.Shah
With all the pain and confusion in peoples lives, this poem gives inspiration. "Death shall have no dominion" in no place does death belong, people must overcome.
Added by: Kanajlo
You can appreciate this poem even more by seeing the movie _Solaris_.
Added by: Rami
I am doing a 20% project on the poet Dylan Thomas and i am definitly going to read this to my class.
Added by: Kaz
Stunning. And all the more so when you realise he wrote this when he was only 19. Such control of language in a young man is remarkable.
Added by: Jenna
A correction to Kaz's comment... Dylan Thomas was born in 1914 and this poem was published in "25 Poems" in 1936, which makes Dylan Thomas 22, not 19. Still remarkable for 22.
Added by: Martin
I read this poem as Thomas's view that life and death are as one, or rather equal states, a romantic humanist view of existence, we come from star stuff and will go back to star stuff. beatiful imagery and language though. Martin
Added by: Dylan
A correction to Jenna's comment: Thomas wrote this poem in the Spring of 1933, which makes him about 18 or 19; it appeared in New English Weekly, published by editor A.R. Orage, not much later that Spring.

And Martin, if you know anything about Christianity and Thomas's influence by the Bible, then you'll know that it's not his view on Life and Death as one, but a statement of optimism that somehow death was not the end, but still not a claim of religious conviction.


Dylan Talley

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