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E-POETRY – IS DYLAN THOMAS REALLY DEAD?

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Dylan Thomas

ENHANCED E-BOOK, E+, FOR POETRY

Poems, like their dead poets, are “oft interred with their bones” (Act 3, scene ii of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare). However, this need not be so. New Media presents many ways in which both can live.

Dylan’s life

Image depicting Dylan Thomas smoking a cigarDylan Thomas was born on October 27, 1914 at No. 5, Cwmdonkin Drive in Swansea, and died on November 9, 1953 in St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York.

During his lifetime he wrote many great poems, including “Fern Hill,” “The hunchback in the park” and of course “Do not go gentle into that good night.”

He is also famous for writing the “play for voices” Under Milk Wood, and the collection of stories, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog.

According to Swansea UniversityProfessor, Dr. John Goodby,

He was one of the first writers to master modern communication technologies.

Significantly, he was the first poet to work in all the broadcast and recording media of his time – radio, film, LP and television – and his unique status as a difficult poet, who nevertheless had mass appeal, has made him an enduring cultural icon.

Dr. Goodby’s, “The Poetry of Dylan Thomas: Under the Spelling Wall,” will be published in Spring 2013 by Liverpool University Press. (Also, Goodby is editing a New Edition of the Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas.)

THOMAS’ FAMOUS 1952 RECITAL OF “D0 Not GO …”

ANTHONY HOPKINS’ RECITAL OF “DO NOT GO…”
Many actors have also recited “Do Not Go …” Here is a clip of Anthony Hopkins.

STRAVINKSY

Igor Stravinsky composed and conducted “In Memoriam Dylan Thomas,”

SO WHAT?

Imagine all of these incorporated into one enhanced e-book of Thomas’ work… How could it be otherwise?

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