Dylan Thomas is regarded as one of the greatest Welsh poets of all time. His imaginative use of
language and sense of possibility help create vivid and beautiful imagery when reading his
poems. Although not born in Cardiff, Thomas’ influence has dominated the capital’s arts scene
for decades through annual celebratory events and local art commissions.

Dylan Thomas Day is celebrated each year on the 14th of May, commemorating the anniversary
that Thomas’ play ‘Under Milk Wood’ was first read on stage. Cardiff has held poetry readings,
stage shows and smaller social media events to reach a larger audience of Dylan Thomas
lovers all over the globe. This day is a chance to celebrate Welsh history and hopefully learn
something new about one of Wales’ most cherished artists.

However, there is a simpler way you can celebrate Dylan Thomas’ poetry this year: just read
some. His better-known works include “Do not go gentle into that good night”, and “And death
shall have no dominion”. An ideal location to appreciate Thomas’ work is Cardiff Bay where you
can stumble upon the Beastie Benches found in Britannia Park. These benches are a series of
nine carved brick and terracotta benches, created by Welsh sculptor Gwen Heeney. Heeney
was inspired by the mythical creatures found in one of Thomas’ writings, “The Ballad of the
Long-Legged Bait”. She allowed his words to guide her imagination and provide a visual
representation of Dylan Thomas’ words for the public to enjoy since 1994.

Dylan Thomas is notoriously known for his lyrical use of words, adding a musicality to his poems
which can be heard when read aloud. This is a unique technique of Thomas’ and to this day it is
common to hear his influence in the music industry. For instance, Dylan Thomas’ use of lyrical
style can be found in the words written by Bob Dylan. So, if you’re not an avid reader but still
want to celebrate the Welsh poet, listen to music which reflects his original and organic sound.
Dylan Thomas’s writing has stayed relevant and present, almost as though it is truly timeless.
We can still identify with Thomas’ words despite being written over 60 years ago. He may be
gone but his words are more powerful now than ever.

Written by Film Probe

Author WCS

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