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Ears In The Turrets Hear - Poem by Dylan Thomas

Ears in the turrets hear
Hands grumble on the door,
Eyes in the gables see
The fingers at the locks.
Shall I unbolt or stay
Alone till the day I die
Unseen by stranger-eyes
In this white house?
Hands, hold you poison or grapes?

Beyond this island bound
By a thin sea of flesh
And a bone coast,
The land lies out of sound
And the hills out of mind.
No birds or flying fish
Disturbs this island’s rest.

Ears in this island hear
The wind pass like a fire,
Eyes in this island see
Ships anchor off the bay.
Shall I run to the ships
With the wind in my hair,
Or stay till the day I die
And welcome no sailor?
Ships, hold you poison or grapes?

Hands grumble on the door,
Ships anchor off the bay,
Rain beats the sand and slates.
Shall I let in the stranger,
Shall I welcome the sailor,
Or stay till the day I die?

Hands of the stranger and holds of the ships,
Hold you poison or grapes?


Comments about Ears In The Turrets Hear by Dylan Thomas

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 1:38:00 AM)

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  • Rookie Zach D (6/2/2012 10:37:00 PM)

    I think the poem is about isolation. The white house and the island are literally the speaker's body. The thin sea of flesh is literally, his skin, the bone coast, his skull, with his mind inside. The flesh and skull create a physical barrier from the outside world that represents the figurative barriers between him and society. The poison or grapes represent bad things or good things that are in the outside world. The way the speaker is questioning is really quite immature, he is assuming that the hands and holds contain only poison or grapes, or that society contains only good or evil. However this is not the case, but since the speaker has been living in this mental isolation, he does not realize this. By wondering whether he should let in the stranger or welcome the sailor, the speaker is wondering whether or not he should try to end his isolation. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Island

  1. 1. Ears In The Turrets Hear , Dylan Thomas
  2. 2. Warning To Children , Robert Graves
  3. 3. Security , William Stafford
  4. 4. Be Yourself , Persian Nightingale
  5. 5. When Dawn Comes To The City , Claude McKay
  6. 6. Air Of Diabelli's , Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. 7. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  8. 8. The Odyssey: Book 1 , Homer
  9. 9. Now Returned Home , Robinson Jeffers
  10. 10. Hugging The Jukebox , Naomi Shihab Nye
  11. 11. A Meditation On Rhode-Island Coal , William Cullen Bryant
  12. 12. A Funeral In Isolation* , indira babbellapati
  13. 13. “hawaii” , Ray Lucero
  14. 14. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' “¿qué? ” , Dónall Dempsey
  15. 15. If Once You Have Slept On An Island , Rachel Field
  16. 16. Island , Nissim Ezekiel
  17. 17. ***** Catching The Dawn From The Island .. , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  18. 18. The Odyssey: Book 10 , Homer
  19. 19. A Tale Of Singapore , Ahmad Shiddiqi
  20. 20. Pi-Dog , Arun Kolatkar
  21. 21. I'M Write Your Name On The Mountains , Ali Sabry
  22. 22. The Dog Guard: An Australian Story , John Boyle O'Reilly
  23. 23. The Golden Island: Arran From Ayr , Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  24. 24. Ireland - 1882 , John Boyle O'Reilly
  25. 25. Secluded Island , VIPINS PUTHOORAN
  26. 26. Imaginary Letter To My Twin Sons , Gemino Abad
  27. 27. The Odyssey , Homer
  28. 28. Iwo Jima: Why And How , Frank V. Gardner
  29. 29. Sun , Michael Palmer
  30. 30. In This Island Of Orient Sea , Ency Bearis
  31. 31. My Name Is Kong: Wrong! ….. [movie ‘mon.. , Bri Edwards
  32. 32. The Enchanted Island. By Danby , Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  33. 33. A C P C - 2015/05 New Challenge Poem/Tit.. , Brian Johnston
  34. 34. The Odyssey: Book 9 , Homer
  35. 35. From 'Omeros' , Derek Walcott
  36. 36. Alone Iam Alone In Alone Island , Mohammed AlBalushi
  37. 37. Life On An Island , Savita Tyagi
  38. 38. ~no Man Is An Island , Adeline Foster
  39. 39. A Friend Indeed , DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  40. 40. The Odyssey: Book 5 , Homer
  41. 41. To A Nephew , RIC S. BASTASA
  42. 42. The Wandering Albatross , Francis Duggan
  43. 43. Two Pictures , Roderic Quinn
  44. 44. America - Ellis Island , Joyce Hemsley
  45. 45. An Island For Lovers , Akhtar Jawad
  46. 46. Proud To Be Puerto Rican , louis rams
  47. 47. The Poet In Me , Abekah Emmanuel
  48. 48. Exhaust , COEURH BOOK
  49. 49. My Beloved Island Of Guam , Wyndon Villafuerte
  50. 50. Role-Play , Diane Hine
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