International Dylan Thomas Day

Hi everyone, Today is International Dylan Thomas Day or Dylan Day for short. It is a day that is celebrated every year on 14th May for the life and work of the welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Today marks the anniversary of ‘Under Milk Wood’ as it was first read on stage at 92Y The Poetry Center, New York in 1953. Dylan Day is usually hosted by Hannah Ellis the granddaughter of Dylan Thomas, who is the Creative Directive of his literary estate. He is a writer who is best known for his poem ‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night and his play ‘Under Milk Wood’

Dylan Thomas Biography

Dylan Marlais Thomas was born in Swansea Wales on 27th October 1914 he was the only son of David John Thomas (DJ), and Florence Hannah Thomas. He was once educated at Swansea Grammar School.

Dylan was very close to his father whom played a big part in him becoming a poet as he was the one that introduced him to the world of poetry. Dylan started writing poetry from an early age, and with every bit of poetry he had written, it was his dad that he looked to for admiration, as he wrote to please not only himself but his father. When he was around 16years old, he began copying out the poems he once did when he was younger, what would eventually become known as his notebooks, which would then contribute to several of his first collection that included 18 poems that would get published in 1934…

At 16 Dylan left school to start a job as a junior reporter at Wales Daily Post. His position at this job was not to last very long, as he quit in December of 1932 and turned his attention away from journalism, and back to what he does best writing poetry, which now became a full-time pursuit. About two-thirds of his work was created when he was in his teens. This was the beginning of his journey of how he got to become one of the greatest writers of all time.

Dylan hid his own heartbreak of losing his father David John (DJ) Thomas to throat cancer (December 16th 1952) aged seventy-six, he was so distraught this event played a significant part in what happened in his life next. After losing his father his health had took a rapid decline in his mental wellbeing, In addition to his grieving, Dylan had become physically ill, exhausted, his marriage to Caitlin Macnamara Thomas was very rocky, and he found it hard to write, With all this pressure and downward spiral eventually led to his death less than a year later.                                                                                                                                            

Dylan Thomas was quite a heavy drinker, whom died shortly after leaving The White Horse Tavern in New York City, New York US on 9th November 1953. Dylan Thomas was a man full of talent, it’s just a shame it ended far before his time and who knows what else a man of his stature would have created.

Five of his best Quotes:

  • “There is only one position for an artist anywhere; and that is upright.” – Dylan Thomas.
  • “There are but dreaming men, and they fade.” – Dylan Thomas.
  • “Never be lucid, never slate, if you would be regarded great.” – Dylan Thomas.
  • “I may without fail, suffer, the first vision that set fire to the stars.” – Dylan Thomas.
  • “When one burns ones bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.” – Dylan Thomas.
  • “I think, that if I touched the earth, it would crumble; it is so sad and beautiful, so tremulously like a dream.” – Dylan Thomas

Finally I will leave you with this beautiful poem.

From ‘Under Milk Wood’

Every morning when I wake,
Dear Lord, a little prayer I make,
O please do keep Thy lovely eye
On all poor creatures born to die

And every evening at sun-down
I ask a blessing on the town,
For whether we last the night or no
I’m sure is always touch-and-go.

We are not wholly bad or good
Who live our lives under Milk Wood,
And Thou, I know, wilt be the first
To see our best side, not our worst.

O let us see another day!
Bless us all this night, I pray,
And to the sun we all will bow
And say, good-bye – but just for now!

Have a great week and I will see you all next time

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