This edition of Dylan Thomas's poetry contains all of the poems which he himself wished to preserve. The poet made the selection in 1952 before his death, and wrote especially for it the beautiful "Author's Prologue," addressed to "my readers, the strangers":
..."At poor peace I sing
To you strangers (though song
Is a burning and crested act,
The fire of birds in
for my sawn, splay sounds),
Out of these seathumbed leaves
That will fly and fall
Like leaves of trees and as soon
Crumble and undie
Into the dogdayed night"...
In 1956, the collection was augmented by the addition of the poem "Elegy," for which sixty pages of manuscript lines and notes were found in Thomas's papers after his death, and which was edited by his friend, the poet Vernon Watkins.
Original title: The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas 1934-1952
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