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Fern Hill

Dylan Thomas

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Eh.
2003-04-27
Added by: Nicholas Liu
I'm really surprised at the sort of comments being made here. Isn't this moderated? How do witless and ultimately useless exclamations like Kate's slip through the net?
Fern Hill
2003-06-28
Added by: Brian
People should be excused for having problems with this poem, but that has more to do with unfamiliar language and an attempt to over-analyze. I grew up on a farm where I genuinely experienced these feelings, but even more importantly, you have to read it and hear it read aloud.

This ain't Pound or Elliot, folks, this is a lyric poet writing sprung rhythm. It's beautiful, don't try to force it into a box, let it carry you along for the ride.
crap!!
2003-09-30
Added by: branden
this is the stupidest poem ever! it is impossible to understand or say the meaning of the poem
Fern Hill
2003-10-01
Added by: Sasha
Wow, alot of people have great insight into this poem. . I agree with alot of it. This poem is a wistful recollection of youth. It expresses the dersire to become a child onnce again. Infact as the author speaks of the glorious days of his youth, he is struggling with accepting old age and death. Although the poem focuses on youth and death it does have a strong religous element. If you don't believe me, take a closer look at the words he uses, the colors he refers to, and the symbols. For example, blue refers to spirituality, or praying to god while white refers to innocence and purity. Symbols: apple boughs, adam and maiden, "the fall" - as Adam and Eve feel from grace with teh eating of the apple, the authors fall comes with the transformation from innocence into experience.
Its a long complicated poem, with many themes, and with many references.
I feel for those people who couldn't understand the poem. It took me awhile to get to just of it.
Good luck to those trying, like I did to figure out the meaning, and congrats to those who already have
beautiful
2003-10-09
Added by: Chelle
I have read through this poem many times, and I have found so many good things about it. The reason that I've read this is because the choir that I am in is singing Fern Hill. The text is amazing. Although I have trouble analyzing poems because it really isn't my thing, I find this particular one to be astounding and capturing. The recollection of youth and whatnot sets the whole thing in perspective. I was reading the comments on this poem to see if something would stand out to me so I could understand it better.
I found it very interesting to see what people had to say. Much to my advantage, everything had it's reason for being said.
I loved this poem. It is a wonderful story that is being told.
The limits of poetry
2003-10-22
Added by: Malcolm
Interesting to see the varied reactions, the whole gamut. The climax of this beautiful poem, the final stanza is, for me, right at the zenith of what poetry can achieve, intellectually and emotionally. It was pleasing to see the last two lines "time held me green..." being carved by a stonemason to adorn the poet's memorial. These words are at the nexus of mortality and eternity. But this is of course just my opinion.
Fern Hill
2003-11-05
Added by: W.C.
Mr. Thomas knew that there was a great impossible-to-describe force running through all things. He had the courage to try to give voice to the force. He was pretty good at it.
2003-11-28
Added by: Daniel
There are some pretty interesting comments on this site, although I wonder how some people find it hard to grasp the meaning - there is no meaning, of course. As a scholar I don't believe in interpretation and searching for meanings, and with good reason. Even if you are out for extricating some meaning, about the only meanings you could find would be trivial and tiny. In "Fern Hill", as in most of his other poems, Dylan Thomas was concerned not about conveying a message (his poems have as much, or as little, message as Poe's), but rather a set of emotions and emotional impressions, realized in his highly musical style. "Fern Hill" is a highly personalized (not autobiographical) and emotional wail, and not some general theological or theological statement on the world, on the nature of death, or whatever.
Fern Hill
2003-11-26
Added by: Cara
I really enjoyed this poem. On first glance, its impossible to understand. But after reading it a million times and reading the comments in here, I got many different perspectives needed in order for me to understand this poem. The only thing I still wonder about is whether or not Thomas IS religious. In reading biographys I have found nothing that says he was against religion, and only suggestions that he was religious. But in reference to what AM said, i dont believe that Thomas used religion to reinforce the innocence and youth in this poem because he suggests that when we age and move out of innocence that we realize that religion is the answer to the philisophical questions of life. In accepting our own mortality, the answer that we come upon is God. Not that i personally believe this, that is just what i see Thomas saying in Fern Hill
2004-01-08
Added by: Adam
Yes, reading different interpretations is always good fun; it's good exercise. As much as i try to stop myself, i can't help but slate those who slate Dylan Thomas just because he doesn't fit their own conventional, mundane poetry expectations. As Bob Dylan (GREATLY influenced by Thomas Dylan) say's in 'The Times They Are A-Changing', "Don't criticise what you can't understand".
Thomas was entirely unique, a visionary, but trying too hard to understand and grasp meaning results in a complete misinterpretation.

P.S. Concerning this religion talk; I am far from religious. However, religious or not, i can see how beautiful the bible itself is. Even though, in these days of science, religion is flawed, don't you think the bible is a completely genius (in the highest form) peice of literature? The stories and lessons are visionary to anyone, religious or not. With this in mind, could Thomas be installing various images and symbols from the bible to illustrate feeling?? Meaning; does it really matter if he was religious or not!?

P.P.S. To me, Thomas's poetry, like the best music, cannot be explained in words. It can only be felt... Like a long, emotion-provoking, intensely-visual, trip.

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