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Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

R. S. Thomas
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29 Jan 2004 Penguin Modern Classics
RS Thomas was the greatest religious poet writing in English in the 20th century, but the 270 poems he chose for this definitive selection reveal a wide range of themes and concerns. He was a passionate Welsh patriot, but also an outspoken critic of his countrymen. His poems are an expression of his lifelong argument with himself, of his insistent search for God. In them he grapples with ideas of Welshness, with issues of technology, pollution, the decline of culture. He wrote too about love, about landscape, nature and birds. His is an urgent, prophetic and unique voice.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (29 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140188908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140188905
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RS Thomas was born in 1913 and ordained as an Anglican clergyman in 1936, He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1964. His great passion was the Welsh language, and he was an outspoken campaigner on political issues. He died in 2000.

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Iago Prytherch his name, though, be it allowed, Just an ordinary man of the bald Welsh hills, Who pens a few sheep in a gap of cloud. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars RS Thomas selected poems 10 May 2011
Beautiful poems from a man riven with contradictions yet exquisitely in touch with his native earth and the generations of those that had lived and toiled on it. An excellent introduction to his work, moving and sad, for example the poem on the death of the artist M E Eldridge to whom he was married:

We met under a shower of bird notes.
Fifty years passed, love's moment in a world in servitude to time.
She was young; I kissed with my eyes closed and opened them on her wrinkles.
'Come' said death, choosing her as his partner for the last dance.
And she who had done everything with a bird's grace,
opened her bill now for the shedding of one sigh no heavier than a feather.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 28 Oct 2009
By Wendy
Some powerful poems! deep emotions portrayed in just a handful of words. Always need to read to the end of each poem - there is often a twist there, or a final 'zap' for the mind!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of RS Thomas poems 21 Feb 2013
By Dhut
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Bought as gift so have no expert knowledge, but seemed good selection of poems which interested me after having read Byron Rogers' biograpny of RS Thomas.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor selection of great poet 3 May 2011
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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I love R.S. Thomas, but who knows what he was thinking when he chose these poems. A great number of wonderful poems have been left out. Especially the dark early work. Get the collected poems if you can find it. A terrific poet.
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