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The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower - Poem by Dylan Thomas

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

The force that drives the water through the rocks
Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams
Turns mine to wax.
And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins
How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.

The hand that whirls the water in the pool
Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind
Hauls my shroud sail.
And I am dumb to tell the hanging man
How of my clay is made the hangman's lime.

The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores.
And I am dumb to tell a weather's wind
How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.

And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.


Comments about The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower by Dylan Thomas

  • Rookie Faizaan (7/3/2018 7:20:00 PM)

    Real men in the world (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 12,908 Points Tapan M. Saren (7/16/2017 2:56:00 AM)

    I think 'the force' here is 'time'

    it's one of the finest poems in the English Literature. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 540 Points Greg Bell (2/27/2017 6:28:00 PM)

    What a magnificent poem, full of dark paradox. Each stanza has at least one apparent paradox, usually more:

    The hand that whirls the water in the pool
    Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind
    Hauls my shroud sail.

    Whose hand? ! A human hand can whirl the water in the pool, but who can stir the quicksand? (Takes a bigger than human hand, I think, that turns to the root of being, to the Deity. That ropes the blowing wind, again, invoking the prime mover, though, for contrast/comparison a human hand can haul his shroud sail. (Again, though, on a metaphorical level, that invokes The Great Hand.)

    The opening is unforgettable, but here's another stanza that could destroy the mind of a literalist:

    The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
    Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
    Shall calm her sores.
    And I am dumb to tell a weather's wind
    How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.

    Wildly musical, this poem goes way beyond music to invoke meaning in sounds. Intellectually ambitious, it can tie your head in knots if you take it literally This poem goes way beyond religion to a profound sense of unity with all creation. And, yes, with death, or rather, beyond death. (Report) Reply

    Rookie Devin (1/29/2018 8:44:00 AM)

    your the coolest edy yet

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Poems About Green

  1. 1. The Force That Through The Green Fuse Dr.. , Dylan Thomas
  2. 2. Green Chile , Jimmy Santiago Baca
  3. 3. The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God , John Milton Hayes
  4. 4. Being Young And Green , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  5. 5. The Echoing Green , William Blake
  6. 6. Green Mountain , Li Po
  7. 7. The Green River , Lord Alfred Douglas
  8. 8. Green: The Color... [green Things] , Bri Edwards
  9. 9. My Sage Green Robe , Ernestine Northover
  10. 10. There Is A Green Hill , Cecil Frances Alexander
  11. 11. Green Grow The Rashes , Robert Burns
  12. 12. Camps Of Green , Walt Whitman
  13. 13. Miss Lloyd Has Now Went To Miss Green , Jane Austen
  14. 14. Green Fields , William Stanley Merwin
  15. 15. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
  16. 16. Green Groweth The Holly , Henry VIII, King of England
  17. 17. Meet Me In The Green Glen , John Clare
  18. 18. The Village Green , Jane Taylor
  19. 19. As Through The Wild Green Hills Of Wyre , Alfred Edward Housman
  20. 20. Now Spring Has Clad The Grove In Green , Robert Burns
  21. 21. The Gardener Lxxxiv: Over The Green , Rabindranath Tagore
  22. 22. Men In Green , David Campbell
  23. 23. Form The Green Helmet And Other Poems , William Butler Yeats
  24. 24. A Green Crab's Shell , Mark Doty
  25. 25. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! * Green Of Wild*! ! .. , Dr subhendu kar
  26. 26. The Green Linnet , William Wordsworth
  27. 27. Ami Green , Edgar Lee Masters
  28. 28. Small Is The Trust When Love Is Green , Robert Louis Stevenson
  29. 29. The Green Bowl , Amy Lowell
  30. 30. Green Thumb , Philip Levine
  31. 31. In The Green And Gallant Spring , Robert Louis Stevenson
  32. 32. Green , David Herbert Lawrence
  33. 33. Lines Written At Thorp Green , Anne Brontë
  34. 34. .where The Blue Kisses Green , Linda Moore
  35. 35. X Celestial Blue And Green Of Grass , ONElia AVElar
  36. 36. The Green Willow Tree , Scarlett Treat
  37. 37. Blue Wall / Green Wall , Risha Ahmed (12 yrs)
  38. 38. In The Shade Of The Green Wood , ANDREW BLAKEMORE
  39. 39. A Jingle By The Green , Dr subhendu kar
  40. 40. Who Goes Amid The Green Wood , James Joyce
  41. 41. The Color Of The Grave Is Green , Emily Dickinson
  42. 42. Green Onion Shampoo , ToddMichael St. Pierre
  43. 43. ! ! ! The Glow Of The Green! ! ! , Dr subhendu kar
  44. 44. Set Me Whereas The Sun Doth Parch The Gr.. , Henry Howard
  45. 45. (for Dónall) Green Fingers , Janice Windle
  46. 46. There’s A Bright Patch Of Green , LLM Mbatha
  47. 47. Sonnet Ix: Ye, Who In Alleys Green , Mary Darby Robinson
  48. 48. Green And Gold , Nomad Omnia
  49. 49. The Green Singer , John Shaw Neilson
  50. 50. Thomson Green And Harriet Hale , William Schwenck Gilbert
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