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

  • (3/28/2018 12:08:00 PM)


    do you want some soup its gormet and tastes like rat (Report) Reply

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  • (3/24/2018 2:42:00 PM)


    https: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=lSOS8eSrvQY (Report) Reply

  • (3/8/2018 5:50:00 PM)


    I dont get it and my english tea cher wants us to write a whoile essay on it and its just annoying as (Report) Reply

    (4/4/2018 12:16:00 PM)

    dude same it so hard to write a 5 page essay on something that is not even a page

  • (2/18/2018 9:10:00 AM)


    All his other poems seem to be pretty sure of no afterlife but when I read this one, it is all about immortality. So I looked at an analysis which said he wrote this poem when he was still in school on a bet and it was based on some epistles in the Bible. So funny that you cannot know what something is about until you read a backstory. Doesn’t make any difference to me but love when makes more sense to the larger body of work. Love this poem. (Report) Reply

    (4/20/2018 5:20:00 PM)

    If this was made on a bet it's even more fantastic. I love the poem for its language - it's outrageous and to the point at the same time. Try doing that. :) Thanks for enlightenment Wade Lee.

  • (2/11/2018 1:22:00 AM)


    I love this.poem. Its emotions are so great. (Report) Reply

  • (1/10/2018 1:11:00 AM)


    Interested poem (Report) Reply

  • Mark Hurlin Shelton (7/26/2017 7:52:00 PM)


    My favourite lines from this poem:

    and tho they go mad they shall be sane
    though they sink through the seas they shall rise again
    and though lovers be lost, love shall not
    and death shall have no dominion.

    LOVE IT.
    (Report) Reply

    Jesking Amu (2/7/2018 6:40:00 PM)

    you and me both, though lovers be lost, love shall not, and death shall have no dominion wow! it's just epic!

  • (6/23/2017 7:59:00 PM)


    very nice poem. good to read (Report) Reply

  • Axel Durman (4/30/2017 10:16:00 AM)


    I love this Poem for it captures so much emotion. One of my favourites. (Report) Reply

  • Spock The Vegan (4/21/2017 12:51:00 PM)


    Another good one from Dylan. His villanelle Do not go gentle into that goodnight is a classic. (Report) Reply

  • Vera Dike (4/7/2017 1:25:00 PM)


    breathtaking (Report) Reply

  • Samuel Segun Toluwalase (2/22/2017 1:44:00 AM)


    Yes death shall have no dominion. lovely poem, the recitation also aided the emotional impact. Fantastic (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/3/2017 11:43:00 AM)

    tom allport
    another place of true freedom maybe? (Report) Reply

  • (12/20/2016 5:05:00 AM)


    I have recited this poem at many funerals of family and friends. I prefer Thomas's oratorical, musical rendition. I think it is the most humanistic expression of the mystery of death in the English language. (Report) Reply

  • Christina Simmons (12/10/2016 12:52:00 PM)

    Death Shall Have No Dominion:
    Well recited! ! ! This poem has caused me to ponder deeply, the need to go within. (Report) Reply

  • (11/29/2016 5:19:00 PM)


    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;
    (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (1/4/2016 10:51:00 PM)


    I guess it would be odd to say this poem is beautiful but it is. Eerily beautiful. Not just the craftsmanship and the power of his words. But the mystery of eternity is woven through his words. (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2016 11:05:00 AM)


    A wonderful poem singing the glories as also limitations of death penned with great craftsmanship and powerful words. Thanks for sharing.10+ points. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Case (1/4/2016 9:39:00 AM)


    powerful poem about death lacking ultimite control. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/4/2016 7:16:00 AM)


    Death is part of us! But, there is hope at the other side. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, June 4, 2012


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