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Record 23671

Reading Experience:

'Reading aloud meant group recitation, which Dylan hated. Chanting a poem in unison one afternoon, he put his hands over his ears and burst out, 'I can't stand it, I can't stand it.' Subsequently he and his fellow pupils were allowed to recite poems of their choice. Standing alongside Mrs Hole, the seven-year-old Dylan annouced he was going to do 'my grave poem', and started to intone: 'Let's talk of graves, of worms and epitaphs Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes Mark sorrow on the bosom of the earth...' He ended in stunned silence. His class had no idea he had been quoting Shakespeare's "Richard II".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 27 Sep 1921 and 27 Sep 1926
Country: Wales
Time: n/a
Place: city: Swansea
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Dylan Thomas
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 27 Oct 1914
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: later poet
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Wales
Country of experience: Wales
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: Richard II
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 23671  
Source - Print  
  Author: Andrew Lycett
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Dylan Thomas: a New Life
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 2003
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 22-3
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Andrew Lycett, Dylan Thomas: a New Life (London, 2003), p. 22-3,, accessed: 24 April 2024

Additional comments:



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