GIORGE LOVES… POETS. A Guide to Becoming a Better Poet (Part 3 – Thomas)

No, not me, silly! Though go ahead and read my work if you like…

Today in my final instalment (see Part 1 here and Part 2 here) I bring you a married couple; Dylan and Caitlin Thomas. These two had a well-known tumultuous relationship, which their creativity seemed to benefit from. No poetry from Caitlin, but her knack for words detail a wonderful insight into the life of a poet; her husband Dylan.

There are many more poets and poetical works that have inspired me as a writer: WB Yeates, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Leonard Cohen, Les Murray, Simon Armitage, John Donne and William Blake – just to name a few. I have chosen to showcase those who have meant the most to me, and hope that you, too, can can benefit from these words.


Dylan Thomas

Courtesy of Wikipedia
Courtesy of Wikipedia

I love Dylan, and not only because we share the same last name. I love him because he is so typically Welsh, and because his words are so interesting and insightful – a great look into post-war Wales.

Dylan and his wife Caitlin lived in the town of Laugharne. I have previously written of my love of this town. Many of Dylan’s poems were inspired by this majestic place, and he wrote of the drinking men in the town and cockle-picking women with proficiency.


A Child’s Christmas in Wales


One of mother-in-law’s favourites and was gifted to me when I spent my first Christmas in the UK.

Get your copy here.


Under Milk Wood


Thomas was a proficient play-writer, particularly radio dramas. Under Milk Wood brings a small Welsh fishing village in the dead of night to life, introducing us to enigmatic, unmistakably Welsh characters.

For those who want to cheat, the radio drama was made into a film staring Richard Burton (of course) and Elizabeth Taylor. View it by all means, but read the script first!

Get your copy here.


The Poems of Dylan Thomas


Thomas had a way with words unlike any other poet. Enjoy his flowing inner dialogue and distinctive perspective on his life, dominated by drink.

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Caitlin Thomas

Courtesy of Quote Collection

Some people think that Caitlin, wife of Dylan Thomas, was simply riding on her husband’s coat tales when she first released her work. But anyone who has read Caitlin can plainly see that she had her own unique voice, and intelligent way with words. If you can find it, her book, ‘not quite posthumous letter to my daughter’ is an intriguing look at the advice Caitlin gives her eldest daughter. Thought-provoking, intriguing, laugh-out-loud funny and refreshingly honest, this book has a unique style that any writer will find inspirational.


Caitlin: Life with Dylan Thomas


A great first-hand discovery to what it is like living with a tortured writing soul. Caitlin steps out of her husband’s shadow in this powerful autobiography.

Get your copy here.




4 thoughts on “GIORGE LOVES… POETS. A Guide to Becoming a Better Poet (Part 3 – Thomas)

  1. starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched,
    courters’-and-rabbits’ wood limping invisible down to the
    sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboatbobbing sea.
    Love this stuff…thanks for reminding me 🙂


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