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Fern Hill

Rating: 4.1

Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes,
And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns
And once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
Trail with daisies and barley
Down the rivers of the windfall light.

And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns
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Will Vogel 02 February 2012

yo dis poem is mad long n i aint got 2 year fo dis.

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Greg Bell 23 February 2017

Will, dude, I won't comment about what it might mean that you would have to take 2 year fo dis, but you might consider taking 2 minutes to READ IT OUT LOUD. Nuff said

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boi boi 04 December 2017

u guys are idiots and should rethink your whole lives while u actually read poems

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Ariel 06 July 2018

I'll put a girdle round about your micro-mind in forty femtoseconds

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Dave Lewis 22 October 2021

One of the greatest poets of all time and he's Welsh : )

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Jane Morgan 07 July 2020

This poem is among a few that continues to sing to my spirit almost fifty years after my first reading, the beauty of the language and the sheer joy of youth continues to enthrall me. This for me is a wonderful poem.

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James Waese 18 December 2020

I first read Fern Hill my first year in college. It has stayed with me for 40 years. The theme, the paradox of being young but also dying, has always struck me as so exquisitely bittersweet and melancholy. Unforgettable.

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michael walker. 11 August 2019

I still recall teaching this lyrical poem to a sixth form class, who liked it-as I did. Thomas gives idyllic memories of his childhood, with striking images, ' I was prince of the apple towns'. That reminded me of picking apples in someone's orchard, unknown to the owner. 'Time held me green and dying/ Though I sang in my chains like the sea'.

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Shaun Cronick 01 July 2019

Brilliant Dylan Thomas.You sir are once in a lifetime.

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james charles 30 June 2019

This ' sucks. It's not 'deep' its just confusing and lacking of a meaning or point. I have severe insomnia, and this actually put me to sleep for once. Thank you Dylan Thomas for sucking so much hairy monkey rock that you can cure people's sleeping troubles.

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