A3 is named after Dylan Thomas, a Welsh poet famous for his rhythmic use of words and imagery, comic exuberance but sadly also his reckless bouts of drinking which led to his early death aged just 39.
Born in Swansea in 1914, Thomas showed an early flair for writing poetry and went on to leave school aged 16 to become a reporter for the South Wales Daily Post. This career was short-lived however, and he reverted back to poetry with his first book, 18 Poems, appearing in 1934 to critical acclaim and introducing himself as a strikingly new and individual voice in English poetry. Unlike his contemporaries, Thomas was not concerned with social and intellectual issues, but instead his writing had intense lyricism, highly charged emotion, biblical echoes and sexual imagery.
Thomas married Caitlin Macnamara in 1937 and the following year they settled in Laugharne, Carmathenshire where they went on to bring up their three children. During the Second World War, Thomas recorded radio shows and worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. He also made propaganda films for the Ministry of Information and in 1952, he wrote In Country Sleep, And Other Poems which includes his most famous poem, "Do not go gentle into that good night."
Famous in life for his both for his work and his boisterousness, Thomas has become equally prominent posthumously. His portrait appeared on the cover of The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band , a plaque to Thomas was unveiled in the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey in the 80s and a photograph of him was taken into space on board the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1998.
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Ms M Holian