Dylan Thomas

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

And Death Shall Have No Dominion

Poem by Dylan Thomas

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead man naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.


Comments about And Death Shall Have No Dominion by Dylan Thomas

  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (4/28/2020 6:09:00 PM)

    This just gets better every time.
    Like a wine wine every time
    Nos da Dylan.(Report)Reply

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  • Smooth Yoda (2/24/2020 2:31:00 PM)

    hmmmmm yes i approve deathAlready ReportedReply

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  • Sarah ShahzadSarah Shahzad (12/30/2019 5:41:00 AM)

    very nice piece of poetry and that I would like to have many more pieces like this. :) pleez do comment/ review/ write your thoughts on my website & poems 2 thank you :)(Report)Reply

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  • kipec (12/15/2019 8:43:00 AM)

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/24/2019 5:22:00 AM)

    death shall have no dominion.
    No more may gulls cry at their ears
    Or waves break loud on the seashores;
    Where blew a flower may a flower no more.../// superb and excellent poetic expression(Report)Reply

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  • Ant Hill (8/21/2019 2:39:00 PM)

    Look good.(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (8/16/2019 9:50:00 PM)

    I like very much the refrain, ' And death shall have no dominion'. Especially the first stanza
    about men who will rise again. Be defiant towards death, show no respect to it.(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (7/1/2019 4:22:00 PM)

    So beautifully crafted.Oh Dylan you are so missed.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/1/2019 12:42:00 AM)

    death shall have no dominion.
    No more may gulls cry at their ears
    Or waves break loud on the seashores;

    great write
    great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++x10
    to my FAV list(Report)Reply

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  • Akbar Singh (5/1/2019 9:55:00 PM)

    This is powerful. This makes you FEEL!(Report)Reply

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  • Fantone MdalaFantone Mdala (5/1/2019 1:18:00 PM)

    exceptional piece. Outstanding job(Report)Reply

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  • Kätänä_??_Ryhmes_?? (4/22/2019 8:49:00 PM)

    I love the poem especially because death is cool and I know I’m dark but(Report)Reply

    Fantone Mdala(5/1/2019 1:16:00 PM)

    wicked! ! LOL

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  • Anirpath (2/13/2019 5:20:00 AM)

    I read the background note on this poem.
    It was written when the poet was still at school.
    And what a brilliant piece!(Report)Reply

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  • Susheela Shiju (11/21/2018 4:46:00 AM)

    wow! beautiful expressed! a big 10(Report)Reply

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  • Mahendra Kumar (8/31/2018 12:11:00 PM)

    Very heart touching quotes(Report)Reply

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  • hamna sajjad (7/9/2018 10:42:00 AM)

    very deep and heart touching poem.. truly in love with it(Report)Reply

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  • Donald Trump (6/16/2018 1:39:00 AM)

    Sad Very sad(Report)Reply

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  • Pranjal (6/11/2018 3:41:00 AM)

    Very very touching poem.........really fantastic....(Report)Reply

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  • James (6/9/2018 12:05:00 PM)

    Maybe understanding comes from having somebody who was close to us die. I don't know.
    Maybe the only way to truly understand it comes at a cost that is too high.
    Most of us will pay that price before we are old enough to face death.
    All I know is that, whenever I read this now, it makes perfect sense.
    And as vivid as the images that are in it might be, maybe it's one of the few ways that we can really understand that death has no cominion.(Report)Reply

    Brooke(11/15/2018 3:17:00 AM)

    What a wise notion..one that echos my own persuasion. Well said Mr. James.

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  • Faith thomas (6/3/2018 9:31:00 PM)

    Ok I got to go okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkiiiiii(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, June 4, 2012


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