DYLAN THOMAS BATTING FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE PLATE
It isn’t unusual for poets to cross
over from other styles
into plain speech resonance and back again.
Even the poetry of Dylan Thomas, whose example I often cite for
oratorical/pontifical qualities, has been known on rare occasions to
yield a plain-speech resonance element. In
fact, if you
listen to him read his prose fiction, you’ll note there is much more of
plain-speech resonant quality to it. The
closer he gets to his Welsh roots and away from his English heritage,
plainer he gets.
In his poetry, the two poems I classify as plain
than any others are “In My Craft or
Sullen Art” and “Do not Go
Gentle into that
Good Night” (the latter of which he wrote while his father was
dying.) Part of this plain-speech quality, but only PART, is
influenced by the delivery.
just to re-calibrate, I’ve also linked “A
Refusal to Mourn,” which is
distinctly out of the plain speech resonant category.