By William York Tindall
This booklet includes analyses of (apparently) all of Thomas's poems, provided within the comparable order because the poems themselves within the accumulated version of 1952.
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Extra info for A Reader's Guide to Dylan Thomas (Reader's Guides)
The curious jargon produced in America by universal university education” (“Moore,” 49). ”) Ezra Pound in 1918 wrote of Loy and Moore: “The arid clarity, not without its beauty, of le temperament de l’Americaine is in the poems of these, I think, graduates or post-graduates. Scs. they do not need them” (“Others,” 58). Moore’s major poems of the early 1930s also suggest the proclivities of a diligent student, busily learning and copying down (in Margaret Holley’s words) “factual information on the habits and characteristics of creatures, procedures for cultivation and production, historical events, symbolic conventions, terminologies” (Poetry, 95).
In white from head to foot, with sidelong, idle look— in yellow, ﬂoating stuﬀ, black sash and stockings— touching their avid mouths with pink sugar on a stick— like a carnation each holds in her hand— they mount the lonely street. ( CPW 1 74, 49 9 ) Attractive, lyrical, symbolically deﬁant, sociable (arranged in groups), immature, deliberately demotic, and at home on the street, these colorful “pinkish” 30 MODERNIST POETICS OF ADOLESCENCE girls preﬁgure the strong and promising, “reddish, purplish” weeds of “By the road to the contagious hospital,” weeds that Williams’s critics often understand as ﬁgures for his own art.
It is the NEW! not one more youthful singer, one more lovely poem. The NEW, the everlasting NEW, the everlasting deﬁance. (26 , 28) For Williams, modernist newness is like adolescence but not the same as “adolescence of body and mind”; those who confuse them take the sign for the thing. , etc. The devil with youth! What does youth care or what do I care for it? . It is a lie that there is any signiﬁcance in youth because the brain is young. The new is not in any way related to the work of a BEGINNER but to that of a MASTER.
A Reader's Guide to Dylan Thomas (Reader's Guides) by William York Tindall