Dylan Thomas: More Than Just Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night

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“Do not go gently into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.” –Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas wanted to entertain people more than anything with his work. He was passionate about performing his work on the BBC radio and performing it live in front of an audience. Dylan Thomas faced tragedies in his life and his sorrow is shown throughout different poems. In the end his most known poems “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” and “Death Shall Have No Dominion Over Me” illustrate the human spirit does not go on without a fight.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales, on 27 October 1914. As a child he spent a large portion of his life in Swansea; however he did take trips to visit his maternal aunts’ Carmarthenshire farms. Carmarthenshire gave him inspiration for much of his work, especially his short stories, radio essays and the poem Fern Hill. Thomas suffered with illness as a child; he usually suffered from bronchitis or asthma. Thomas's formal education began at Mrs. Hole's Dame school, a private school which was situated a few streets away on Mirador Crescent (The Biography of Dylan Thomas).
In October 1925, Thomas attended the Swansea Grammar School. Thomas's first poem was published in the school's magazine; he later became the editor of the magazine. He began keeping poetry notebooks and collective 200 poems in four journals between 1930 and 1934. He left school at 16 to become a reporter for the local newspaper, the South Wales Daily Post, only to leave the job under pressure 18 months later in 1932 (The Biography of Dylan Thomas). Of the 90 poems he published, half were written during these first years. His highly praised first poetry volume, 18 Poems, was published on 18 December 1934, and went on to win a contest run by The Sunday Referee (The Biography of Dylan Thomas). His musical lyricism caused a sensation in the years of Modernism; the critic Desmond Hawkins said it was “the sort of bomb that bursts no more than once in three years”. He wrote half of his poems while living at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive before he moved to London. It was also the time that Thomas's reputation for heavy drinking developed.
Dylan Thomas met dancer Caitlin Macnamara in the Wheatsheaf pub, in the spring of 1936. On 11 July 1937, Thomas married Macnamara. Their first child, Llewelyn Edouard, was born on 30 January 1939. Their daughter, Aeronwy Thomas-Ellis, was born on 3 March 1943. A second son, Colm Garan Hart, was born on 24 July 1949 (Dylan Thomas Biography).
His family lived in poverty even though his work was becoming more popular his business sense was lacking. To support his family, Thomas worked for the BBC and as a film scriptwriter during World War II (he was exempted from fighting due to a lung condition), but he continued to struggled financially (Dylan Thomas Biography). He wrote to the director of the films division of the Ministry of Information asking for employment but after being...

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