Today In Fact, 27 October

Born this day in Swansea in 1914, Dylan Thomas was a drunk and a womanizer and perhaps the greatest poet the Welsh produced since Gerard Manley Hopkins. He died alone in his cups but left us poetry that lifts the soul:

And death shall have no dominion.

Dead men naked they shall be one

With the man in the wind and the west moon;

When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,

They shall have stars at elbow and foot;

Though they go mad they shall be sane,

Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again

Though lovers be lost love shall not;

And death shall have no dominion.

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer (

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