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Fern Hill

Dylan Thomas

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Added by: Alejandro
I am not an english speaker. I've read Thomas poems both in English and in Spanish. Thatī'a a big problem, because in the translation most of the lyric sound is lost, and my reading in English is limited. But I can say I never experienced such high emotions, such strenght of the language as reading Dylan Thomas. I agree with those whom say interpretation is worthless: Thomas speaks right to the body and the soul. He gives magic information that must be captured by al senses.

Pardon my English.
Added by: alejandro
I've just read what Dylan Talley says about Thomas and Religion. He says Thomas itself mentioned the Bible as one of his sources. I think that Talley is who has been lazy. In one of the famous answers to students questions, he explicitly says he was not a Bible reader (just like a medium religious school student of Whales could be). And in a letter wrote tho Pamela Johnson he says: "I don't care much about Crist. He is just a simbol to me: a symbol of death" That doesn`t sound religious to me. Clearly, Thomas uses Adam as a symbol of life and birth, and Crist in the opossite meaning.
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Added by: Webeccia
to fully comprehend the essences of peotry you must first surcumb to the breaking of innocence through drugs and alcoholism. it is quite obvious that once past this stage you are able to venture into the subconcious of your mind and release the passion and underlying level of which the concealed knowledge of art shows its true self... go drugs and alcohol
Added by: Marti
I'd just like to make mention of the dreamlike quality of the entire poem. Aside from youthful innocense, religion, passage of time, and all other allusions in this poem, the main theme I see is that life is truly a dream and death is another awakening or an escape at least into another dream. As writers we all use our personal experience to pass on our perspective of existence. "Though I sang in my chains like the sea" -- Time or the dream holds us until we become fluid again awakening to another existence. Dylan Thomas had no other way of knowing where death would take him, just that a fluid change would be a part of it. We are born into the dream and the chains of this life by means of the sea (amniotic fluid--saline liquid) so it makes sense that we leave the dream in the same fassion, fluid/sealike. To me the last line of the poem holds a note of freedom rather than imprisonment to life. To sing (or crow like the rooster) is about personal power over the chains of the dream, which cannot hold the sea.
Added by: Tasha
I am an A - level student in my first year trying to analyse and write about this poem above a G.C.S.E standard and i am having a hard time doing so. However, since reading people's comments i have began to have some understanding of it. I think its just a matter of looking beneath the surface. Kate, i too think you are a shallow minded, stereotypical idiot. Thanks to all those people that wrote useful, positive comments. You were a great help
Added by: Deepi
I LOVE THIS POEM ITS SOO TOUCHiNG AND CUTE i like the use of similies and repetition is used verty welll..
Added by: Rosie
to Elizabeth, Dylan's poem isn't just about religion. however it does have a religous aspesct to it. just as everyone else has stated this poem contributes to the thoughts and playtime of a child and the innocence it holds. tis is solely my opinion and there is never a wrong opinion.
Added by: nazia
first of all i wud like to thank AM for giving an elaborate note on his understanding of the poem,it was real help."Fern Hill" is about the poet's reminiscence of his childhood days spent in his Aunt Anne Jones's farm-Fern Hill.It is both a celebration of childhood as well as a lamentation at the loss of it.First published in "Deaths and Entrances" in 1946 the poem is ranked amont the best written by Dylan Thomas. With fond remembrances of his childhood, Thomas seems to have,by the end of the poem, resigned to his present state of adulthood(far removed from "the lambwhite days").He appears to be happy n content for having them once in his life.
Added by: summer
wow, this poem is so rich and full of poetic life... the metonymys are just perfect between nature and childhood... they remind me of my childhood growing up... i am only 17 but when i was 10 i was the princess of the seashell shores.... :D
amazing Dylan!!! truly amazing
Added by: hhdie
I feel "Fern Hill" is best at expressing the sadness of a broken man who longs to once again be free and not a prisoner of personified "time".
P.S.If you truly find this poem "horrible" then don't waste time trying to insult those who can cope with it. Rather use your time to research a different poem at the library (the quiet building with the books in it).

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