Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas Poems

Dylan Thomas was a Welsh writer whose reputation as one of the most popular modern poets survives to this day. His work is noted for its relatability as well as its original use of language. Read more about Dylan Thomas.

Some of Thomas’ most famous poems include Do not go gentle into that good night, Fern Hill, And Death Shall Have No Dominion, and Poem in October.

Do not go gentle into that good night

by Dylan Thomas

‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ is a powerful poem about how important it is, despite death’s inevitability, to fight against it until the bitter end.

Dylan Thomas was a Welsh poet who wrote with a distinctive style characterized by rich imagery, musicality, and a focus on universal themes. His most famous poem, 'Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night,' is widely regarded as a masterpiece of 20th-century poetry. It has been quoted in other poems, novels, and even films.

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And Death Shall Have No Dominion

by Dylan Thomas

‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ is about the power that death does not have over mankind and how men are unified after death, not divided.

Dylan Thomas' poetry is known for its lyrical and rhythmic qualities, often exploring themes of life, death, and the power of language. In 'And death shall have no dominion,' Thomas showcases his distinctive style with its musicality and rich imagery. Through his unique use of language, Thomas captures the essence of the human spirit and its resilience in the face of mortality. This is certainly one of his best poems.

And death shall have no dominion.

Dead men naked they shall be one

With the man in the wind and the west moon;


A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London

by Dylan Thomas

‘A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London’ by Dylan Thomas tells of a speaker’s inability to comprehend great losses. 

Dylan Thomas' poetry is characterized by his unique and lyrical style, which is evident in 'A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London.' His use of language and intricate metaphors creates a sensory experience for readers, allowing them to delve deep into the emotions and themes explored in the poem. Thomas' poetic craftsmanship shines through in his ability to capture complex emotions and convey profound ideas with his distinct poetic voice.

Never until the mankind making

Bird beast and flower

Fathering and all humbling darkness

Tells with silence the last light breaking

The Hand That Signed the Paper

by Dylan Thomas

‘The Hands that Signed the Paper’ is a war protest poem that derides the appalling apathy and ruthlessness of the rulers toward ordinary citizens.

This poem was written by Dylan Thomas when he was only 19, which shows how perceptive and sensitive he was toward what's happening around him. This commentary on the political scenario of that time is a true reflection of a genius that he later became.

The hand that signed the paper felled a city;

Five sovereign fingers taxed the breath,

Doubled the globe of dead and halved a country;

These five kings did a king to death.

Before I Knocked

by Dylan Thomas

You who bow down at cross and altar,

Remember me and pity Him

Who took my flesh and bone for armour

And doublecrossed my mother's womb.

Clown in the Moon

by Dylan Thomas

My tears are like the quiet drift

Of petals from some magic rose;

And all my grief flows from the rift

Of unremembered skies and snows.

Fern Hill

by Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas wrote his famous poem ‘Fern Hill’ as a way of looking back towards childhood and appreciating the pure joy that becomes so hard to find after.

Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs

About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,

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When All My Five and Country Senses See

by Dylan Thomas

‘When All My Five and Country Senses See’ describes the necessity of paying attention to one’s senses for love to function.

My one and noble heart has witnesses

In all love's countries, that will grope awake;

And when blind sleep drops on the spying senses,

The heart is sensual, though five eyes break.

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