R.S.Thomas Information


Data on leading welsh poet R.S.Thomas. Born Cardiff 1913. Educated at University College of North Wales, Bangor. Theological training at St Michael's College, Llandaf, Cardiff. Ordained 1936. Curacies at Chirk and Hanmer in the Welsh Marches. Married the painter Mildred E. Eldridge. Rector of Manafon 1942. Iago. Learned Welsh language. Alienated from country life by status as priest. Vicar of Eglwys-fach, Cardiganshire 1954-1967. English settlers. Iago Prytherch continues. Vicar of Aberdaron, Caernarfonshire, 1967. Kneeling. Occasional prose. Ogre of Wales. Literary. Reputation secure. Intellectual rigour. Retired. Married again. Betty. Time, philosophy, essentially modern. &c. Seen dining. 1997 happy. Love. Died at 87 - 25th September, 2000


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Angel headed (posibl) hipsters (na)

Composition Theory

The forms hybrid and vigorous pushing always toward an actual and new completeness. Fruitful chaos. Reason. Chance. Why explain when action. Why explain while the sparks. Who can?


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The Great Friends

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Chac Rain God of the Maya
Namandi malignant & lonely
Cynic follower of the eccentric Greek Philosopher Diogenes
Mimir fount of wisdom
Ramanuja opposed to oneness
Ptah bearded
Zaddick lost in the mystic
Tawhirimatea fond of wind
Bodhidharma sharp
Buddhagosa the commentator
Nyame the shining one
Obo pile of rocks

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the broken tractor
heat on high ground
the drained god
the land of rough grass
stack of bks bound in string




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The Swedish Prize

Physics. Physiology. Literature. Peace. Chemistry. Smokeless Powder.


So language gets up


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Ned Thomas

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