R. S. Thomas: Dylan’s Successor?

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Without developing his thesis, Anthony Conran, has said that R. S. Thomas was ‘the hero of the Anglo-Welsh … just when Dylan Thomas was dead and the way to further development of the Milk Wood line looked blocked for good’.1 In fact, many of the themes and preoccupations of Dylan Thomas’s prose and the prose drama, Under Milk Wood, underpin the poetry of R. S. Thomas. It is a closer and more illuminating line of continuity as far as the latter’s work is concerned than the rather clichéd inclusion of him in what Jeremy Hooker has described as the ‘slack generalisation about a tradition containing such poets as George Herbert and Edward Thomas’.2 Yet it is one that has never been explored.


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© Linden Peach 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Goldsmiths’ CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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