On this day….Dylan Thomas

Posted by Tenby Museum on Sep 10, 2017 Blog No Comments

“Rip Van Winkle from a timeless cradle”

On Thursday 10 September 1936 Dylan Thomas’ second book of poetry, Twenty-five Poems was published.  His first volume, 18 Poems, had been published in December 1934 and reviews of this first volume had been very favourable, with The Listener describing it as “one of the most remarkable volumes of poetry that have appeared during the last few years.’

Reviews for his second volume were generally positive but they were not as lofty as they had been for 18 Poems.  Many critics were confused by the obscurity of the works although Edith Sitwell stated “I could not name one poet of this, the youngest generation, who shows so great a promise, and even so great and achievement.”

The book contained some of his more obscure and perhaps less read works but also featured such works as The hand that signed the paper, Altarwise by owl-light, And death shall have no dominion and Should Lanterns Shine.

The book earned Dylan just £58 from first publication through to 1950.

There is a small display on Dylan Thomas at the museum.  For those of you more interested in this great Welsh writer, a performance piece, written by the museum’s Curator Mark Lewis, is being performed at this year’s Tenby Arts Festival.  For As Long As Forever Is is taking place at 6pm in Church House on Thursday 28 September.  Tickets are available from the Arts Festival.