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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

  • Gold Star - 69,593 Points Shaun Cronick (4/28/2020 6:09:00 PM)

    This just gets better every time.
    Like a wine wine every time
    Nos da Dylan.
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  • Rookie Smooth Yoda (2/24/2020 2:31:00 PM)

    hmmmmm yes i approve death Already Reported Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,444 Points Sarah 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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  • Rookie kipec (12/15/2019 8:43:00 AM)

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  • Gold Star - 178,625 Points Mahtab 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
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  • Rookie Ant Hill (8/21/2019 2:39:00 PM)

    Look good. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 57,060 Points Michael 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.
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  • Gold Star - 69,593 Points Shaun Cronick (7/1/2019 4:22:00 PM)

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

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  • Gold Star - 15,796 Points Adeeb 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
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  • Rookie Akbar Singh (5/1/2019 9:55:00 PM)

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

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Death Poems
  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death
    Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion
    Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Is Nothing At All
    Henry Scott Holland
  4. 4. Death Be Not Proud
    John Donne
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death
    Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. Nothing But Death
    Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. A Dream Of Death
    William Butler Yeats
  8. 8. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O..
    Dylan Thomas
  9. 9. Father Death Blues
    Allen Ginsberg
  10. 10. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv
    Khalil Gibran
  11. 11. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death
    William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. Death
    Rainer Maria Rilke
  13. 13. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An ..
    Phillis Wheatley
  14. 14. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some
    Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. Death Wants More Death
    Charles Bukowski
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv
    Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. Death Xxvii
    Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. A City's Death By Fire
    Derek Walcott
  19. 19. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner
    Randall Jarrell
  20. 20. First Death In Nova Scotia
    Elizabeth Bishop
  21. 21. After Death
    Sara Teasdale
  22. 22. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea..
    Phillis Wheatley
  23. 23. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind
    Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  25. 25. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud
    John Donne
  26. 26. The Death Of Joy Gardner
    Benjamin Zephaniah
  27. 27. Gacela Of The Dark Death
    Federico García Lorca
  28. 28. Go Down, Death
    James Weldon Johnson
  29. 29. A Ballad Of Death
    Algernon Charles Swinburne
  30. 30. The Death Of The Hired Man
    Robert Frost
  31. 31. Death Fugue
    Paul Celan
  32. 32. Death &Amp; Fame
    Allen Ginsberg
  33. 33. If Death Is Kind
    Sara Teasdale
  34. 34. I Have A Rendezvous With Death
    Alan Seeger
  35. 35. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death
    Charles Bukowski
  36. 36. On The Death Of Anne Brontë
    Charlotte Brontë
  37. 37. For The Anniversary Of My Death
    William Stanley Merwin
  38. 38. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady,
    Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  39. 39. On Death
    Anne Killigrew
  40. 40. Fugue Of Death
    Paul Celan
  41. 41. As At Thy Portals Also Death
    Walt Whitman
  42. 42. A Death-Bed
    Rudyard Kipling
  43. 43. Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low
    Walter Savage Landor
  44. 44. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  45. 45. Death
    Heinrich Heine
  46. 46. On Hearing Of A Death
    Rainer Maria Rilke
  47. 47. Death
    William Butler Yeats
  48. 48. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late..
    Jonathan Swift
  49. 49. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death
    Emily Dickinson
  50. 50. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted
    Emily Dickinson

Death Poems

  1. Death Be Not Proud

    Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe, For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow, Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee. From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee, Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow, And soonest our best men with thee doe goe, Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie. Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men, And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell, And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well, And better then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then? One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally, And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

  2. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death

    Let me die a youngman's death not a clean and inbetween the sheets holywater death not a famous-last-words peaceful out of breath death When I'm 73 and in constant good tumour may I be mown down at dawn by a bright red sports car on my way home from an allnight party Or when I'm 91 with silver hair and sitting in a barber's chair may rival gangsters with hamfisted tommyguns burst in and give me a short back and insides Or when I'm 104 and banned from the Cavern may my mistress catching me in bed with her daughter and fearing for her son cut me up into little pieces and throw away every piece but one Let me die a youngman's death not a free from sin tiptoe in candle wax and waning death not a curtains drawn by angels borne 'what a nice way to go' death

  3. Because I Could Not Stop For Death

    Because I could not stop for Death- He kindly stopped for me- The Carriage held but just Ourselves- And Immortality. We slowly drove- He knew no haste And I had put away My labor and my leisure too, For His Civility- We passed the School, where Children strove At Recess- in the Ring- We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain- We passed the Setting Sun- Or rather- He passed us- The Dews drew quivering and chill- For only Gossamer, my Gown- My Tippet- only Tulle- We paused before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground- The Roof was scarcely visible- The Cornice- in the Ground- Since then- 'tis Centuries- and yet Feels shorter than the Day I first surmised the Horses' Heads Were toward Eternity-

  4. Death Is Nothing At All

    Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect. Without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that it ever was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you. For an interval. Somewhere. Very near. Just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.

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