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The best poems by Dylan Thomas, and why you should read them

Dylan Thomas was a fascinating man and poet, and his poetry remains much-loved and widely read around the world. But which are his very best poems? In this post, we’ve endeavoured to choose Dylan Thomas’s seven finest poems which we think everyone should read. Some critics have dismissed Thomas’s poetry as the triumph of sound over sense (a charge levelled at an earlier poet like Swinburne), but in fact Thomas’s poems are charged with meaning, albeit of an often elusive sort. ‘Charged’ is a good word, too: his poetry positively pulsates with unusual visceral images. These are seven of his very best. Click on the title of each poem to read it.

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