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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

  • 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

  • Rookie - 321 Points John Petree (11/29/2015 12:15:00 AM)

    An outstandingly beautiful and clever poem that as a poet myself (I don't put much of my stuff on here,) I would be honored to have written something so deep. (Report) 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 , Edward Thomas
  7. 7. October , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  8. 8. October , James Marcus Schuyler
  9. 9. October , William Cullen Bryant
  10. 10. [month Of] October , Hilaire Belloc
  11. 11. October, 1803 , William Wordsworth
  12. 12. October , Siegfried Sassoon
  13. 13. An Ode, Written October, 1819, Before Th.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  14. 14. Anticipation, October 1803 , William Wordsworth
  15. 15. Departure (Southampton Docks: October, 1.. , Thomas Hardy
  16. 16. An October Night (Halloween Poem) , Chuck Audette
  17. 17. In October , Archibald Lampman
  18. 18. A Song In October , Theodor Storm
  19. 19. The Colonel's Soliloquy (Southampton Doc.. , Thomas Hardy
  20. 20. October , Elinor Morton Wylie
  21. 21. October , May Swenson
  22. 22. An October Evening , William Wilfred Campbell
  23. 23. An October Sunset , Archibald Lampman
  24. 24. On Eighth Of October , Sadiqullah Khan
  25. 25. October Night , Linda Ori
  26. 26. An October Garden , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  27. 27. The Shepheardes Calender: October , Edmund Spenser
  28. 28. October , Mary Weston Fordham
  29. 29. [month Of] October , Hilaire Belloc
  30. 30. The Shepherd's Calendar - October , John Clare
  31. 31. An October Nocturne , Yvor Winters
  32. 32. Old October , James Whitcomb Riley
  33. 33. Embarcation (Southampton Docks: October,.. , Thomas Hardy
  34. 34. A Book Of Strife In The Form Of The Diar.. , George MacDonald
  35. 35. Orinda To Lucasia Parting October 1661 A.. , Katherine Philips
  36. 36. October 21, 1905 , George Meredith
  37. 37. ``~an October , Nkululeko Mdudu
  38. 38. October In New Zealand , Jessie Mackay
  39. 39. On The Road To Waterloo: 17 October (En .. , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  40. 40. Mallee In October , Flexmore Hudson
  41. 41. ! Song Of October! , Rema Prasanaa
  42. 42. *807 Opal Birthstone Of October , John Knight
  43. 43. An October Morning , Jibanananda Das
  44. 44. October Opus , David Kowalczyk
  45. 45. Poem In October , Leo Yankevich
  46. 46. October Ballad , Marton Dezso
  47. 47. October , Ellis Parker Butler
  48. 48. A Mountshannon October Morning , David Harris
  49. 49. Fifth Grade: October 22,1985 , Alana K
  50. 50. When I Was Asked How I Could Leave Vermo.. , Grace Paley
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