Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher

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 …

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