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On A Wedding Anniversary -- Dylan Thomas

Guest poem submitted by Aseem Kaul:
(Poem #1067) On A Wedding Anniversary
 The sky is torn across
 This ragged anniversary of two
 Who moved for three years in tune
 Down the long walks of their vows.

 Now their love lies a loss
 And Love and his patients roar on a chain;
 From every tune or crater
 Carrying cloud, Death strikes their house.

 Too late in the wrong rain
 They come together whom their love parted:
 The windows pour into their heart
 And the doors burn in their brain.
-- Dylan Thomas
Easily one of my favourite Dylan poems. I love the way the sense of distance
and separation in the first stanza dissolves into aching passion; how a
quiet walk on a cloudy day becomes an experience of love that is
simulataneously revelation and loss. And I love the way that Thomas, as
always, finds the exact phrases for that experience - of all the places in
poetry that relationships have floundered, there are few more simple and
more moving than "too late in the wrong rain" - and finds also the exact
balance between those phrases, so that a poem filled with raging lines
("Love and his patients roar on a chain", "Doors burn in their brain") still
manages to convey an overall impression of quiet tragedy.

Aseem.

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Dylan Thomas:
Poem #14, Prologue
Poem #38, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Poem #58, The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower
Poem #138, Fern Hill
Poem #225, Poem In October
Poem #270, Under Milk Wood
Poem #335, After the Funeral (In memory of Ann Jones)
Poem #405, Altarwise by Owl-Light (Stanzas I - IV)
Poem #476, In my craft or sullen art
Poem #568, Especially when the October Wind
Poem #1035, The Hand that Signed the Paper
Poem #1067, On A Wedding Anniversary

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Cook Steven C (Steve) ALBAS said...

I don't think there is anyone walking in a literal sense. The journey is the paths that are taken towards loving, honouring and cherishment 'til death do they part; and perhaps the stark and horrid realisation that the journey isn't about romance, but compromise and tenacity. It's the Love song and it's once innocent singers that have been shackled, and the lightning from the crater carrying cloud of the torn sky has rended the shelter that Love provided. There's a new tune of an entirely different sort to be sung.

Regards,

Steve.

On A Wedding Anniversary

The sky is torn across
This ragged anniversary of two
Who moved for three years in tune
Down the long walks of their vows.

Now their love lies a loss
And Love and his patients roar on a chain;
From every tune or crater
Carrying cloud, Death strikes their house.

Too late in the wrong rain
They come together whom their love parted:
The windows pour into their heart
And the doors burn in their brain.

>Easily one of my favourite Dylan poems. I love the way the sense of distance and separation in the first stanza dissolves into aching passion; how a quiet walk on a cloudy day becomes an experience of love >that is simulataneously revelation and loss. And I love the way that Thomas, as always, finds the exact phrases for that experience - of all the places in poetry that relationships have floundered, there are few >more simple and more moving than "too late in the wrong rain" - and finds also the exact balance between those phrases, so that a poem filled with raging lines ("Love and his patients roar on a chain", >"Doors burn in their brain") still manages to convey an overall impression of quiet tragedy.

Colleen De Norman said...

The poem is a bit terse and does not tell enough of a story. I think it would be more meaningful if there were quotes from the two people in the relationship so that one could really understand what they were saying. Lack of words can sometimes cause misinterpretation. I am no Dylan Thomas so this is just my gut reaction. Thanks for posting the poem. :)

Colleen

katty said...

I love the wedding ceremony and see the dress of the brides and grooms. I think they are like price and princess in a royal palace. But although the entire celebration is wondeful, many men have sexual problems and their marrige could be in danger. So i suggest them to buy viagra and forget any concern about the sexual problems.

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when I read some thing about weddings,it is a very romantic topic and i love it, I remember when i married it was amazing and my anniversaries i can not tell you and of course this poem is so beautiful not words

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