Dylan Thomas

(27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953 / Swansea / Wales)

A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London - Poem by Dylan Thomas

Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
Or sow my salt seed
In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn

The majesty and burning of the child's death.
I shall not murder
The mankind of her going with a grave truth
Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath
With any further
Elegy of innocence and youth.

Deep with the first dead lies London's daughter,
Robed in the long friends,
The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
Secret by the unmourning water
Of the riding Thames.
After the first death, there is no other.

Form: Elegy


Comments about A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London by Dylan Thomas

  • Susan Williams (12/23/2015 2:51:00 PM)

    He has the courage to write what might not be palatable to some but look how he masters the art of writing: Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
    Or sow my salt seed
    In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn (Report) Reply

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  • Thabani Khumalo Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 9:12:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.af (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/5/2014 11:00:00 PM)

    I shall not murder.... what a beautiful message in the poem that gives such good feeling..... (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/26/2014 1:20:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine oit (Report) Reply

  • Gage Thomas (11/13/2013 4:27:00 PM)

    Tough to Memorize and break down for class I loved it though (Report) Reply

  • Bamgboye Ismail (2/21/2009 11:27:00 AM)

    challengiing to upcoming poet (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (2/2/2016 12:23:00 PM)

    It would probably be challenging to even many mature poets too...

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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