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In My Craft Or Sullen Art

Dylan Thomas

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poetic compulsion
2003-03-14
Added by: Mark
The compulsive poet who writes not for fame or money, who assumes he will be ignored by his intended audience, yet still in writes on, alone, because he must and can.
2005-01-14
Added by: Brian Thomas
What I find very interesting about the title and opening line of this poem (which is often misquoted) is that Thomas titles it 'In my craft OR sullen art' - many versions put 'and' instead of 'or'. I think Thomas was referring to the dichotomy between seeing poetry as a 'craft' or seeing it as an artistic 'talent' - albeit one derived from misery and thus described as a 'sullen art' Any views?
2005-01-14
Added by: Brian Thomas
What I find very interesting about the title and opening line of this poem (which is often misquoted) is that Thomas titles it 'In my craft OR sullen art' - many versions put 'and' instead of 'or'. I think Thomas was referring to the dichotomy between seeing poetry as a 'craft' or seeing it as an artistic 'talent' - albeit one derived from misery and thus described as a 'sullen art' Any views?
2006-07-25
Added by: janani
he seems to have been depressed by the war and wanted to appeal to the lovers ...romanticists who would have agreed with him about the futility of war...but they seemed too irresponsive and indifferent to his words

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