Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Below is an excerpt from Under Milkwood, a play by Dylan Thomas, read by the poet himself. This is his single most popular prose piece, written during his so-called later period in 1954. It is, as is A Child's Christmas in Wales, a play for voices.

Critics noted the similarities between Thomas and James Joyce. In Under Milk Wood and Joyce's Ulysses, each author captures the life of a whole society as it is reflected in a single day. Joyce's day, of course, takes place in the vibrant city of Dublin; Thomas's day, however, takes place in the cozy Welsh village of Llaregyub. Do you hear echoes of Spoon River (Edgar Lee Masters, 1915) as well?

What is your critical observation?

1 comment:

Peter Galman said...

I can't find the link to hear anything, but we all love the attention being given to DT. Tomorrow, some of the ASC actors will be getting together to explore the text of Child's Christmas in Wales.