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Open thread: what makes Dylan Thomas great?


Celebrate the first Dylan day by showing why the Welsh poet deserves a place in the international calender

“Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn’t do to upset one’s own vanity.” So wrote Dylan Thomas in a widely quoted letter to a childhood friend in 1932. In celebration of the first Dylan Day or - to give it its full title - International Dylan Thomas Day, the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke makes an eloquent case for his importance to Wales and to her, but how important is he internationally and to you? And what lines you would cite to demonstrate that, 61 years after his death, he is no ordinary fool (and more than the sum of his alcoholic aphorisms)?

It’s easy to fall back on Under Milk Wood and Death Shall Have no Dominion, but here are some less well known examples to start you off:

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