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And Death Shall Have No Dominion

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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.
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Jamie Ross 17 March 2012

That should be Although lovers ARE lost. That's bad english and i would suggest you change bthe name of your poem because it sounds slightly silly

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Johnny 10 October 2021

It is correct to use 'be' as it is the subjunctive.

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Jamie Ross 17 March 2012

Shouldnt that be Although lovers ARE lost? Thats just bad english and now your poem has a silly name

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Jamie Ross 17 March 2012

Shouldnt that be Although lovers ARE lost? thats just bad english and now your poem has a silly name

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D. L. 17 March 2012

I once heard an original recording of And Death Shall Have No Dominion read by Dylan Thomas himself. He was drunk most the time for his readings and this one did not disappoint... He was born into a post revival Great Britain, although I feel he heard of the glory days of the early rain of the Welsh Revival (1904) , I gesture he never got the root of it or worse yet, rejected the substance of the root, for he went on to succumb his hurts and pains with alcohol, which is available to all, in the place of the presence of the Holy Spirit, which is given to those who obey God by believing His goodness... It had an otherworldliness to the meter and rhyme just as when Yeats read poetry, as if it were a spell... The truth of Revelation 21: 4 is elucidated by the Bible-hearing poet (For he heard the Bible preached for 3-4 or more hours at least every Sunday and referenced to throughout the week) ... He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Rev 21: 4) ... Probably conjoined with the grounding truth of Romans 6: 9, Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him - meaning that since Christ as Messiah and archetechtonic example of MAN has been raised, DEATH itself has been defeated within the WORK of CHRIST'S redemption...

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A timeless poem on death. So beautifully written and crafted.

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Luis A. Estable 27 July 2021

The subject of this fine poem is death and the theme what it will not be able to do and the loss of her power. Good read and good choice.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 27 July 2021

Most deserving as The Classic Poem Of The Day. Hoorray! 5 Stars full on Top for this brilliant poem. I have tranbsalted this last 16th July and now it is the Classic Poem Of The Day. The great Weslh Poet who only writes in English

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Ankita verma 27 July 2021

A truelu noteble poem

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Sylvia Frances Chan 16 July 2021

A very excellent prose poem by Dylan Thomas, that Famous great welsh poet. This poem touches my inner heart

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