Detholiad o gerddi gan feirdd amrywiol, yn cynnwys W.B. Yeats, Gerard Manley Hopkins a D.H. Lawrence. Hefyd yn cynnwys darllenaidau allan o Comus a Paradise Lost, John Milton, gyda Dylan Thomas fel Satan.
A selection of poems by various poets, including W.B. Yeats, Gerard Manley Hopkins and D.H. Lawrence. There are also readings especially devoted to John Milton's Comus and Paradise Lost with Dylan Thomas as Satan.
There is a real thrill in listening to Dylan Thomas’s rich, sonorous voice, so long silenced, boom out from this remarkable record. In a period of about an hour he reads his own choice of poems, many written by his close friends.
He opens with Vernon Watkins’s ‘The Collier’ the life of a boy growing up in a mining valley in South Wales, which must have been very familiar to Thomas, a Swansea boy. Track 2, ‘Child Lovers’ by W.H. Davies, is a delightful poem about the pure, innocent feelings shared by very young children. Alun Lewis’s ‘Sacco Writes to His Son’ is a strange, haunting poem in the form of a letter written on the evening before Sacco goes to the electric chair. Track 4, ‘The Child on the Cliffs’ by Edward Thomas describes a child talking to his mother while they spend a quiet afternoon on a cliff and hear a bell out to sea. ‘Strange Meeting’ is Wilfred Owen’s last poem. It is a sad, gruesome picture of the pity of war.
Track 6, ‘John Kinsella’s Lament for Mrs Mary Moore’ by W.B. Yeats, is, despite its unhappy subject, amusing –‘What shall I do for pretty girls now my old Moore is dead?’ Gerard Manley Hopkins’s ‘The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo’ is Track 7, which Thomas states is the Maiden Song from St. Winifred’s Well. Track 8, D.H. Lawrence’s ‘The Ship of Death’ is a rather chilling poem about the last long journey towards oblivion: ‘Build your own ship of death.’ ‘Is death quietus?’ The next eleven tracks are devoted to John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ and Comus: ‘A Masque’, with Dylan Thomas taking the part of Satan.
As well known and as well loved as most of these poems are, the fact that Dylan Thomas chose them and that his clear, powerful voice can be heard conveying them to the listener gives them a freshness as if one had just heard them for the first time. They are readings which can be listened to over and over again.
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