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Especially When The October Wind - Poem by Dylan Thomas

Especially when the October wind
With frosty fingers punishes my hair,
Caught by the crabbing sun I walk on fire
And cast a shadow crab upon the land,
By the sea's side, hearing the noise of birds,
Hearing the raven cough in winter sticks,
My busy heart who shudders as she talks
Sheds the syllabic blood and drains her words.

Shut, too, in a tower of words, I mark
On the horizon walking like the trees
The wordy shapes of women, and the rows
Of the star-gestured children in the park.
Some let me make you of the vowelled beeches,
Some of the oaken voices, from the roots
Of many a thorny shire tell you notes,
Some let me make you of the water's speeches.

Behind a pot of ferns the wagging clock
Tells me the hour's word, the neural meaning
Flies on the shafted disk, declaims the morning
And tells the windy weather in the cock.
Some let me make you of the meadow's signs;
The signal grass that tells me all I know
Breaks with the wormy winter through the eye.
Some let me tell you of the raven's sins.

Especially when the October wind
(Some let me make you of autumnal spells,
The spider-tongued, and the loud hill of Wales)
With fists of turnips punishes the land,
Some let me make you of the heartless words.
The heart is drained that, spelling in the scurry
Of chemic blood, warned of the coming fury.
By the sea's side hear the dark-vowelled birds.

Comments about Especially When The October Wind by Dylan Thomas

  • Bronze Star - 2,940 Points Henry Tong (1/30/2018 10:12:00 AM)

    Lyric ballad! I like the style! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Henry James (9/4/2016 12:19:00 AM)

    So much a Welsh poet; though his poems were written in English, to me they cry to be read by a Welshman (who is not Richard Burton with his dramatic inclinations) .
    I was drawn to the poems of Dylan Thomas for several reasons but one I cannot ignore nor would want to is his use of language in some unorthodox ways and the bringing of poetry to ordinary things by breaking the common cliches in half and sliding them into a different order (the man in the wind and the west moon) .
    This poem almost begins halfway into a thought without a clue as to its beginning and paints pictures of things, some of which I recall from my own experiences (with fists of turnips punishes the land) .
    Perhaps a person must be Welsh, or close to Welsh, to do this in such a way that it draws the eye but is only truly fulfilled by being spoken. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Carolyn Hanshaw (2/16/2016 4:21:00 PM)

    This poem goes deeper than the exprecion of words it flows with grace for it is truely one of many master pieces. Already Reported Reply

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Poems About October

  1. 1. Especially When The October Wind , Dylan Thomas
  2. 2. October , Robert Frost
  3. 3. Poem In October , Dylan Thomas
  4. 4. A Calendar Of Sonnets: October , Helen Hunt Jackson
  5. 5. Paris, October 1936 , Cesar Vallejo
  6. 6. October , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  7. 7. October , Edward Thomas
  8. 8. October , William Cullen Bryant
  9. 9. October , James Marcus Schuyler
  10. 10. [month Of] October , Hilaire Belloc
  11. 11. October, 1803 , William Wordsworth
  12. 12. Departure (Southampton Docks: October, 1.. , Thomas Hardy
  13. 13. October , Siegfried Sassoon
  14. 14. An Ode, Written October, 1819, Before Th.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  15. 15. Anticipation, October 1803 , William Wordsworth
  16. 16. In October , Archibald Lampman
  17. 17. A Song In October , Theodor Storm
  18. 18. An October Night (Halloween Poem) , Chuck Audette
  19. 19. The Colonel's Soliloquy (Southampton Doc.. , Thomas Hardy
  20. 20. October , Elinor Morton Wylie
  21. 21. October , May Swenson
  22. 22. [month Of] October , Hilaire Belloc
  23. 23. An October Evening , William Wilfred Campbell
  24. 24. An October Sunset , Archibald Lampman
  25. 25. Embarcation (Southampton Docks: October,.. , Thomas Hardy
  26. 26. On Eighth Of October , Sadiqullah Khan
  27. 27. October Night , Linda Ori
  28. 28. The Shepherd's Calendar - October , John Clare
  29. 29. The Shepheardes Calender: October , Edmund Spenser
  30. 30. An October Nocturne , Yvor Winters
  31. 31. Old October , James Whitcomb Riley
  32. 32. *807 Opal Birthstone Of October , John Knight
  33. 33. An October Garden , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  34. 34. October Opus , David Kowalczyk
  35. 35. A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diar.. , George MacDonald
  36. 36. Orinda To Lucasia Parting October 1661 A.. , Katherine Philips
  37. 37. October , Mary Weston Fordham
  38. 38. October 21, 1905 , George Meredith
  39. 39. ``~an October , Nkululeko Mdudu
  40. 40. October In New Zealand , Jessie Mackay
  41. 41. On The Road To Waterloo: 17 October (En .. , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  42. 42. **[revised 11-19-09] Getting Through Oct.. , Tom J. Mariani
  43. 43. Mallee In October , Flexmore Hudson
  44. 44. ! Song Of October! , Rema Prasanaa
  45. 45. An October Morning , Jibanananda Das
  46. 46. Poem In October , Leo Yankevich
  47. 47. October Ballad , Marton Dezso
  48. 48. Fifth Grade: October 22,1985 , Alana K
  49. 49. October Leaves , Richard Lackman
  50. 50. A Mountshannon October Morning , David Harris
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