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The Notebook Poems 1930-1934: Dylan Thomas : Notebook Poems 1930-1934 (Everyman's library) [Paperback]

Dylan Thomas , Ralph Maud


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6 May 1999 Everyman's library
Dylan Thomas began the first of his existing notebooks at the age of fifteen. They continued until he was nineteen. Poems from the notebooks also formed the basis of TWENTY FIVE POEMS and DEATHS AND ENTRANCES.

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A collection of Dylan Thomas's juvenalia.

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Dylan Thomas, born in Swansea in 1914, is perhaps Wales' best-known writer, and celebrations throughout 2014 will mark the centenary of his birth. He is widely considered to be one of the major poets of the 20th century, and many of his greatest poems, such as 'Fern Hill' and 'Do not go gentle into that good night' remain among the nation's favourites. As well as poetry, Dylan Thomas wrote numerous short stories and scripts for film and radio - none more popular than his radio play UNDER MILK WOOD, which is considered by many to be his masterpiece. He led a fascinating and tempestuous life, permeated by love affairs and reckless bouts of drinking, which led him to claim that he had beast, angel and madman within him. There have been several film adaptations of his fascinating life, which ended all too soon in 1953 when he collapsed and died in New York shortly after his 39th birthday. A memorial stone commemorating his life and work was unveiled in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey in 1982.

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5.0 out of 5 stars getting to know dylan thomas 28 Jan 2004
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The notebook poems offers a real insight into the way Dylan Thomas wrote his poems. The notebook poems proves that Thomas wrote the majority of his poetry while being 17/18 years of age, which revolutionises the way we read and understand his poetry and allows us to put the poems into context. For anyone studying Thomas this is the most valuble source of information I have found yet, and has aided me in further understanding the true genius of Thomas' poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When you were 18... 18 Jan 2012
By Rico C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Reading through this collection the words "raw" and "childlike" crossed my mind many times. Thomas' innocence, his confidence, strike a noble chord and his youth maintains it. Forty year-olds won't ever dream these lines but 17-year olds think of nothing else.

Tender, brutal, devoted, unforgiving, Thomas tries desperately to make sense of human relations, his own desires and the inevitable end in death. The poems are embarrassingly provocative. His passion is endearing, ridiculous and sometimes disagreeable (probably the same impression we made at 18).

I recommend this book to Dylan Thomas fans, to admirers of poetry but most of all to people who never read poetry. This is easy stuff to digest; it hits you right away and it's over fast. Turn the page and a new poem, brief and to-the-point either rings true or confuses the heck out of you (come back to it in a month and see what you think; in a year; in ten). In any case you could do a lot worse with your free time. Enjoy!
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