Dylan Thomas (Regional Writers) 1

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  • Dylan Thomas (Regional Writers)
    • How Welsh is Thomas' writing?
      • Dylan Thomas
        • 'I'm not influenced by Welsh bardic poetry. I can't read Welsh'
      • Constance Fitzgibbon
        • 'No major English poet has ever been as Welsh as Dylan'
      • Dylan Thomas
        • 'Lovely, ugly Swansea'
      • Under Milk Wood
        • Llareggub aka 'Bugger all'
    • Context
      • Biography: early life
        • 1914-1953
        • Born in Cwmdonkin Drive, in the Uplands suburb of Swansea
        • Second and last child of Florrie and D. J. Thomas
        • Educated at local grammar school, where his father was Head of English
        • Started writing at 7 years old
        • Early models for writing included:
          • 'Sir Thomas Browne, de Quincey, Henry Newbolt, the Ballads, Bake, Baroness Orczy, Marlowe, Chums, the Imagists, the Bible, Poe, Keats, Lawrence, Anon., and Shakespeare'
      • Professional life
        • 1933, 'And death shall have no dominion', published by the New English Weekly
        • Wrote poems and short stories between 1933 and death in 1953
        • 1942-45, produced films (e.g. These are the Men) for Strand Films
        • 1945-49: Broadcaster (Quite Early One Morning)
        • 1950-53: American Tours; Under Milk Wood; Do Not Go Gentle
        • Died November 1953
    • Dylan Thomas: Place and Space
      • Swansea
        • "An ugly, lovely town, crawling, sprawling, by the side of a long and splendid curving shore. This sea-town was my world."
      • 1949-53: live in 'The Boathouse' in Laugharne, Carmathenshire
      • Pembrokeshire
        • Gave frequent readings in Tenby
      • London
        • Lived in the Capital during the early parts of the war
      • New York
        • Tours of arts centres and university campuses in the '50s
    • Wales v. England and Wales
      • Wales as a country that forms part of the United Kingdom
      • England and Wales (Cymru and Loegr) are a single legal entity
      • Follows a single legal system: English Law
      • 1999: devolved national assembly
      • 2006: Government of Wales Act
      • Welsh Language
        • By 1930s, the number of Welsh speakers in Wales dropped below 50%
        • In many areas of S Wales, English was becoming the first language of the majority of people
        • Standard English coexists beside Welsh language substrate
        • Despite decline in Welsh speaking, it would have been impossible not to encounter spoken Welsh
        • Thomas claimed to speak no Welsh
      • Welsh metre
        • Cynghanedd -  consonantal repetition
        • Two-part line: 2 consonants in first part repeated in order in second part
        • Alliteration
        • Internal rhyme and end rhyme


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