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 Dylan Thomas’s writing shed in Laugharne, west Wales.

Dylan Thomas’s writing shed in Laugharne, west Wales.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Dylan Marlais Thomas, born in Swansea, Wales on 27 October 1914, lived a short but celebrated life as he refined his literary skills and became renowned as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th century. Wild bouts of drinking, a tumultuous relationship with his wife Caitlin, and lifelong health and financial difficulties all contributed to his demise at age 39.

Thomas’s works endure and Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night is heralded by many as one of his best poems.

Read by David Gregory Clark. 

A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.
— Dylan Thomas