The Poetry Archive

This morning I’ve enjoyed listening to Dylan Thomas read his poem, ‘In My Craft or Sullen Art’, in The Poetry Archive.

The Poetry Archive is a fabulous online resource.

Dylan Thomas is one of my favourite poets and it is wonderful to be able to hear his voice which, interestingly, doesn’t sound as Welsh as I expected. The Archive suggests this is because he had elocution lessons as a child. But I wonder if he used different ‘voices’ for different readings?

I admire so much about Dylan’s poetry – his seemingly effortless rhymes, the rhythms of course, the passion and the way he breathes new life into poetic images and ideas … bread, moon, nightingales,heart …