I’m not sure where I first came across Dylan Thomas and in all honesty I wouldn’t be crazy about a lot of his stuff but this poem is just perfect to me. The very end of it is one of the prettiest images I have ever had painted for me by a poet. I would be very interested to hear what your opinions are on it, apparently a lot of people don’t like it very much?
There was a recent enough movie about the life of Dylan Thomas starring Keira Knightley,Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys called ‘The edge of love’ which is a must-watch for any of the poet’s fans. The only major problem I had with the movie was Keira’s and Sienna’s attempts at Irish and Welsh accents, they really shouldn’t have bothered! Also the cast were ridiculously good looking compared to their real-life characters (see below)!
Love In the Asylum
A stranger has come
To share my room in the house not right in the head,
A girl mad as birds
Bolting the night of the door with her arm her plume.
Strait in the mazed bed
She deludes the heaven-proof house with entering clouds
Yet she deludes with walking the nightmarish room,
At large as the dead,
Or rides the imagined oceans of the male wards.
She has come possessed
Who admits the delusive light through the bouncing wall,
Possessed by the skies
She sleeps in the narrow trough yet she walks the dust
Yet raves at her will
On the madhouse boards worn thin by my walking tears.
And taken by light in her arms at long and dear last
I may without fail
Suffer the first vision that set fire to the stars.
By Dylan Thomas