Biography of Dylan Thomas

Dylan Marlais Thomas was a Welsh poet and writer who is most famous for the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall have no dominion." He had a reputation as a "roistering, drunken and doomed poet," which he enjoyed, and he died at only 39 years old.

Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales, to a seamstress and an English teacher. He left school at the age of 16 to become a journalist and writer. Many of his most famous works were published when he was only a teenager and he was very popular during his lifetime, best known for his radio recordings of his work for the BBC in the 1940s and his readings in the United States. Thomas is particularly acclaimed for the rhythmic, musical sound of his poetry and his vivid imagery, and he is often considered one of the greatest modern poets.

Study Guides on Works by Dylan Thomas

“Fern Hill” was written in 1944 and published in 1946 in Thomas’s book Deaths and Entrances. It was written during what critics consider the last period of Thomas’s career, in which he concentrated on longer narrative poems with vivid imagery. It...