The reputation of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century has not waned in the fifty years since his death
The reputation of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century has not waned in the fifty years since his death. His work, noted for its lush metaphors, musicality, and playfulness within traditional forms, was largely responsible for modernizing poetic verse.
Under Milkwood by Dylan Thomas was written as a Radioplay for the BBC. This version was broadcast in the early sixties and features Richard Burton as the narrator. Quite simply this collects a series of superb vocal performances commanded by Richard Burton which compliments Thomas' poetry wonderfully. This "play for voices" by Dylan Thomas makes for an hour and a half of fascinating listening.
Under Milk Wood is a 1954 radio drama by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, commissioned by the BBC and later adapted for the stage. A film version, Under Milk Wood directed by Andrew Sinclair, was released in 1972, and another adaptation of the play, directed by Pip Broughton, was staged for television for the 60 anniversary in 2014. An omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of the fictional small Welsh fishing village, Llareggub.
1954 Under Milk Wood published in book form. Dylan Thomas – Under Milk Wood (London: Penguin Classics, 2000). 13,000 copies are sold in the first month, 53,000 in the first year, and by 1956-57 it had generated an income of £16,043. 1957 BBC Television Performance of Under Milk Wood. 1961 Douglas Cleverdon sells his manuscript of Under Milk Wood to the Times Book Company for £2,000. It is said to have later changed hands for five times as much.
Under Milk Wood book. If you enjoyed the play, read Dylan Thomas's magnificent.
Under Milk Wood Lyrics. FIRST VOICE (Very softly)
Under Milk Wood Lyrics. FIRST VOICE (Very softly). To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town Starless and bible-black The cobblestreets silent and the hunched s' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack slow, black, crowblack, fishingboatbobbing sea. The houses are blind as moles (though moles see fine to-night in the snouting, velvet dingles) or blind as Captain Cat there in the muffled middle by the pump and the town clock, the shops in mourning, the Welfare Hall in widows' weeds.
Michael Sheen's production of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood makes its New York debut on Sunday. The actor said it was an "absolute thrill" to perform the play on the stage that it "first found its voice".
Published by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (1954). ISBN 10: 0460010069 ISBN 13: 9780460010061.