Dylan Thomas’ poem “The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower” splits my mind in two and then seems to re-join it with a bizarre revelation; death is life!

I sense that the force he speaks of is both life-force and a force of decay and annihilation:

“The force that through the green fuse drives the flower

Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees

Is my destroyer.

And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose

My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.”

The force that creates eventually destroys. Time must move forward and eventually everything will succumb to its ravaging attrition. It is an extraordinary thought that life cannot exist without death. If I were never born I would never know about death. Before I was born was I dead?

That’ll do for now…

Trying to unpack this on my own makes me appreciate the group effort of our tutorials.

3 thoughts on “Week 7: Dylan Thomas is spinning me out!

  1. Nigel,

    It is extremely difficult to unpack Dylan Thomas’s poetry alone! I too missed having our engaging group discussions which help us understand concepts the author is trying to portray. Dylan Thomas makes me contemplate the relationship between life and emotion. His poem The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower recognises that life is temporary as “time has ticked a heaven round the stars.” His poetry is paradoxical to his life and is a product of the significant sense of death he felt surrounded him.

    Here are a view links to help you try and unpack the tricky nature of Dylan Thomas




    – Jessica xx

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  2. Nigel,
    I really admire the thought you added to this blog post. The knowledge you have that life is nothing without death is an indication that you have a very mature understanding of the text. I do agree with you though in relation to trying to digest some of Dylan Thomas’ works! but awesome effort that you’ve put in here!



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