By William York Tindall
This ebook includes analyses of (apparently) all of Thomas's poems, provided within the related order because the poems themselves within the gathered version of 1952.
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Extra info for A Reader's Guide to Dylan Thomas (Reader's Guides)
The prairies are a delicate and subtle land, without the pyrotechnics of mountains, the density of Old World landscape; our Speaking of Homeplace, Speaking from Someplace 27 horizon is lower than yours here in Britain: yours is about two thirds of the way up the canvas, whereas our painters tend to reserve at least the top two thirds for sky. (As an aside, that gives prairie artists and writers a special relationship with space: in fact, a painter in my area has turned the word ‘landscape’ around and calls what he paints ‘landspace’.
At that time I wrote a story called ‘Expedition in the Opposite Direction’ where the inspiration was Heisenberg’s Principle, that is, free will. I wrote a story, ‘Inventor of His Own Undoing’, that describes the drawbacks of the ideal communist society, when man has no motivation for his initiative, as well as a story called ‘Pirate Island’ that described a company of virtuous men who, with the aim of rescuing innocent inhabitants of an island paradise from pirates, compelled them to defend themselves by methods far worse than those the pirates were using.
Consider the tenacity in fiction (and in real life) of the naïve and optimistic notion that technological problems can be solved by technological solutions. Consider recent temptations to stories about body modification and the terraforming of Mars (and Venus, and the asteroids… and, in Heather Spears’ recent and, actually, quite excellent The Taming, the Moon). As it happens, Joanna Russ was talking about academe’s flirtation with technology when she wrote about lunacy and idiocy. Reading the essay almost twenty years after she wrote it, I was more reminded of the flirtation of the New Right (which is neither) with social Darwinism and deficitmyth-based economics.
A Reader's Guide to Dylan Thomas (Reader's Guides) by William York Tindall